Monday, October 20, 2014

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Summary on Goodreads.

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleven..."

There are too many books to read to waste my time in something that almost is but it is not.

I found this book interesting at the beginning and then slowly enervating. I didn't feel any of the eerie feelings the story is supposed to give you.

I found the lack of names 'fresh,' but what is a name, really? At the end "the psychologist" became the name for which to identify characters. I preferred this much better than giving character weird, unpronounceable names (like Semiranista or Echo).

The book is short but I felt it was never going to end. I didn't feel attach to any of the characters and stopped caring about this tower/tunnel. For all I care, it can be the insides of a giant whale! Bored me enough to skip pages like crazy so I could reach the last page and put it out of my mind.

I'm still waiting for someone to point out where the "horror" is in this book.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Summary on Goodreads.

"On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon..."

By page 150 I had figured out what happened with/to Annaliese. I struggled with the rest (250+ pages); it escapes me why it needed to be so long.

The story is told in pieces (hence the title?) now reality, now past, now vision, now dream that didn't work out for me.

Karyus has a strong writing and superb imagination and her second book, Don't you forget about me is a proof of that. It's just that she seems to favor telling a story in a very complicated way that some readers find fascinating and I find irritating: a little bit now and a little bit later.

Oh! The poem at the beginning of each chapter are just lame and a waste of paper. Why do authors need to include their "beautiful" poetry within a story? Ohhh! I know, because otherwise nobody would read/buy them.

Dex: I'm already so bored with this book dragging so much that I can't appreciate him so I skipped most of the pages of him and Annaliese together.

I wasn't at all interested in reading Annaliese's past lives. I already knew what was coming, plus I didn't have the energy to become emotionally invested in new characters. Nonchalant Annaliese was enough.

The ending: A total happy ending unrealistic of the whole situation. How can things come together so perfectly? Well, I guess is called fiction.

I must say that before page 150 I was liking this book so very much. I just found it unnecessary long and deliberately confusing to hold your interest, two combinations that didn't work for me.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cemetery Girl by David J. Bell

Summary on Goodreads.

"Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover..."

Fave reviews for this book and I found it empty. The parents of Caitlin (the girl who disappeared) seemed two robots following a script. I never felt their conversation as... real.

The book started so good and intriguing, but then Caitlin appears and everything goes to shit. I understand that so mention Stockholm Syndrome, but not wanting to see or be with your parents at all? Why? Her parents were good so this Caitlin dislike of her parents came out of the blue.

I understand why Tom was obsessed with wanting to know what happened to Caitlin. I don't think he wanted to know the specifics (how she was reaped and the sorts) but mostly why she wanted to go back to her abductor. I think that is what he was really trying to figure out but it came out wrong.

I feel that the author should've done more research on this phenomenon because after Caitlin came back, the narrative was poorly developed.

All I got is that Caitlin didn't want to be with her parents anymore because she was made to believe that they didn't want her anymore. But, isn't that what they always tell abducted girls? "your parents don't want you; they stopped looking for you." It just felt empty that Caitlin came to that position without knowing what she went through.

Was she really raped, was she tutored, starved, and so on? How did she come to fall in love with her captor? Did he play brilliant yet sadistic mind tricks on her? I don't know.

The end was very absurd. Tom faced Caitlin captor twice, and not once he felt like killing him. Actually, Tom had no reaction at all. He went over to talk about his daughter. Really? Pretty inane.

Some counselor/psychologist was thrown in the story to fill the requirement that the victim needs counseling, but nothing came out if it. It was just to fill some pages.

The brother of Caitlin's father may or may not have been involved in Caitlin's disappearance. Ha, never fully explored but left in there hanging.

Tom also had some internal conflicts. Apparently, he was abused by his step father as a child (abused as in beatings). Okay, the author chose to make this book about two things instead of one: Tom and Caitlin. I think that was a bad choice because I couldn't really care for Tom's childhood; in fact, I skipped that garbage.

All in all, this was a very unsatisfying book where nothing was explained and even less was accomplished.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Cracked up to be
by Courtney Summers
Rating: 1-Star
Summary on Goodreads.

What a piece of shiiittt!! I loved Summmers' This is not a test but this book... This book...

Parker is a very unlikable character, and if that is what Summers was going for, then mission accomplished.

I don't get why a guy keeps trying with a girl after the girls tells him in all possible ways "I'm not interested." Well, I guess that only happens in YA books. Seriously. Jake likes Parker because... She is a major asshole and somewhere out there must exist guys so self confident that they like being rejected (repeatedly) by moodie bitches who want to destroy their lives but don't have the courage to jump off a bridge.

I did not like this book because it is inconceivable that a guy in high school would try so hard with a girl.

Parker... I'm sure there are fucked up teenagers out there who just want to drink and sleep. And I'm sure there must be parents who don't see shit. But the school administration too?

The ending, oh fucking ending. So, people are never going to know what happened to Jessie because Parker is too coward to tell...??? Oh, she is finally going to get the real therapy she needs which will "help" her realise that what happened to Jessie is not her fault (somebody else killed her). But it really is her fault because she didn't say what she saw that night and just let everybody think that Jessie ran away. What person sees a girl being raped and doesn't say anything. Summers, your character was not drunk, she was hung over.

This book is completely infuriating. I consider it a total waste of time and money because I didn't get anything from it but just this sense that I want my money back, and why did I waste my time reading this?

Some Girls Are
by Courtney Summers
Rating: 1-Star
Summary on Goodreads.

Okay, I think Summers is the queen of unfinished books. Just like her other book Cracked up to be, Some girls are is unfinished; it doesn't have any closure.

Regina is bullied and sometimes she fights back, but her victories are so tiny... And short. But they are there. However, Regina loses big time and at the end gets saved by someone else. So she truly is a coward who didn't have enough guts to stand up for herself despite being a master bully once.

I just felt bored and angry with Regina and her constant need of forgiveness. Ah! She also seemed to be incapable of moving or talking quite a lot.

Frankly, I kept reading hoping to see the big moment Regina was going to have, but she was pretty much useless the entire book. I liked everyone better, even Anna than Regina.

Still, Summers has a wonderful writing style that keeps me hooked to the book, it's just that her endings are a big let down.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Summary on Goodreads.

"Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following..." more

This book must be the nemesis of insomnia. So damn silly that I didn't bother to read the middle and just skipped to the pathetic end.

Why do aliens have to ALWAYS be gorgeous (hello, Obsidian!). I guess that simple high school girls wouldn't fall for anything less, ha!

From the very beginning the alien is annoyed he has to come to earth. Why, his race is so superior! However, our bland Cara will make him change his mind and make him feel things he's never felt before... like mating the way humans do thus exchanging delicious body fluids that might otherwise be lethal. Apparently, there wasn't a girl on Aelyx's planet to make him feel like copulating and exchanging saliva before.

Random words in Aelyx's mother tongue where thrown here and there, yet Aelyx and his friends preferred to speak English when they were alone discussing their real intentions to come to earth (so Hollywood).

The book is so simplistic that I would say a 10 year old would find it fascinating. The cliched high school drama is "fascinating," really; with a little bit of After Eden by Helen Douglas here and there (or maybe is the other way around? Hmmm, don't know which one was published first) the story is extremely simple.

I have completely failed to see the purpose of this book. As I read, I kept wondering "hmmm why do this alien sound familiar?" And then, before writing this review, I read Spock in some other review and I was like, "damn right girl. High five!"

The book is supposed to be funny... sigh. Well, I guess that it is quite "funny" not being used to public displays of affection or physical contact, a room decorated in bright colors, eating heavily seasoned food... Why, if you ask me, Landers could have had her exchange student from any African tribe and get the same effect. No need to go out of the galaxy for that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

After the End by Amy Plum

Summary on Goodreads.

"World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there..."

Things in this book are absolutely too convenient. I never got the sense of danger Juneau was in. And I never got the sense of... like, primitiveness in which the tribe lived. Maybe we needed more about this before jumping to civilization so quickly.

And is it me or Juneau's skills with the bow and whistle was a little to Katniss like?

So Juneau lives with her secluded tribe who claim to be the only people left on earth. They have school system, library system and such. Those element gave a touch of modernism to the story that I never felt as if, indeed, they were leaving in the wild.

One day Juneau comes back from hunting to find her tribe gone. She decides to go to the other side of the land where she's not supposed to to look for her people and WOW! lands on pavement, buildings and cars.

Is she shocked to see that the world didn't end as she was told? Not really. She asks about the supposed WWIII to confirm what she suspected: the end of the world was a lie. All too quickly she knows the elders were lying when they said they were the only inhabitants of the world. I never got a sense of shock from, or amazement at seeing more people, tall buildings, and yes, cars, from Juneau.

Even more, she goes shopping at Gap, gets a hair curt from a beauty parlor.... I mean, for someone who's bee living in the wilderness all her live and doesn't know anything about civilization, Juneau got used to civilization too fast.

And let's not forget that she finds an animal shelter and pays for them to take care of the dogs until she is back. How on hell? How do you even know what an animal shelter is? Of course, the people there were all just too happy to take care of her dogs because Juneau didn't seem one bit odd.

She even knew that she was being tricked into selling some piece of jewelry at a price too low. Okay, she kind of sensed the guy wasn't to be trusted but, where did you get the sense of the worth of money from?

Maybe the author should watch the first episodes of the T.V. series Sleepy Hollow to learn a little about how "uncivilized" people react when faced with civilization.

All in all, the convenience of events bored me to death. Milles (the love interest) was there to fill out pages. The the predictable romance didn't help the book; although there is a twist with Milles at the end to shock readers.

I must say that end was... rather different. Ah! and Juneau's ability was cool too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Girl in 6e by A. R. Torre

Summary on Goodreads.

"I haven't touched another person in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller."

This author is just amazing. And this book is sooo good! No happy ending but a good realistic ending.

I'm gonna have to read more books by this author! Maybe it is because it is the first time I read about wecamming and such, but I just found the Girl in 6e fascinating.

The perfect character: not too good, not to evil, not too innocent... It just kept me glue to the story.

This book has it all: romance, crime, thriller, murder, sex... wow!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Summary on Goodreads.

"Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 689 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield...."

I found Kippy very refreshing and real. Finally, teenagers that actually sound like teenagers.

I knew I was hooked when Kippy mentioned how when somebody dies you are supposed to feel sad all the time, but then you get distracted and find yourself thinking about banal things.

And the eulogy thing felt so real. I personally never know what to say or how to act at funerals so I just don't go.

I liked the simplicity of the writing and Kippy's humor. Hale didn't seem to emulate the writing of any deceased famous author.

Unfortunately, y page 340 I was bored with the way the police and every adult was handling Kippy's suspicions about the killer. Not even bother to look at the evidence? Really? Totally infuriating. Nobody was giving Kippy the benefit of the doubt and, although I knew that at the end the truth would come out, I don't like stories where everything gets solved in the last ten pages.

Which sadly, this book also did. In the last ten pages:

- Main character finds out who the killer is. CHECKED.

- Main character goes to face killer all by herself. CHECKED.

- Killer proudly confesses. CHECKED.

- Police apologizes for not believing in main character. CHECKED.

-Main character saves the day and gets hero status. CHECKED too!

So putting aside those last pages, I enjoyed the book and loved Kippy's character a lot.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cruise by Suzenne Vermeer

Summary on Goodreads.

"Frank and Helen’s anniversary cruise is going perfectly, until the unthinkable happens and Frank disappears. Helen does everything she can to find her husband, but is ultimately forced to return home, alone and distraught.

After spending the next few months searching, Helen hears from someone who has news of her husband. But not the news she hoped for: Helen learns that Frank was leading a double life. It becomes increasingly apparent that the man she married had a dark side Helen could never have imagined...."

According to the dictionary, thriller is "something with exciting plot;" it uses suspense and a high level of anticipation. Well, this book IS NOT A FUCKING THRILLER!!!

And excuse me, but the summary already tells you that the husband pretends to die to get rid of his wife. But then she finds him and violá! How could you do this to me? I'm sorry, there was no other way and blah blah blah.

It is advertised as a mystery and it couldn't be more wrong. A mystery is a puzzling event or situation (dictionary, again), and in this book, as soon as I read the Prologue I figured out what the dull story was going to be about.

This book is totally mis-advertised! I read it because it was supposed to be a THRILLER!!!!

I'm going to tell you what it is: a contemporary story of a cheated/abandoned/badly played woman coming to terms with her life. After her husband disappears, she needs to learn to heal her emotional wounds and find a way to... you know, whatever people do when they are dumped.

This book should be advertised as a contemporary adult something, NOT A FUCKING THRILLER!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Until you're mine by Samantha Hayes

Summary on Goodreads.

"Claudia seems to have the perfect life. She's heavily pregnant with a much-wanted baby, she has a loving husband, and a beautiful home. And then Zoe steps into her life. Zoe has come to help Claudia when her baby arrives. But there's something about Zoe that Claudia doesn't like...." More

This book is incredibly boring. The twist that everybody talks about... I don't see it as a twist but as something that just came out of nowhere to change an otherwise simple and predictable plot.

Overall, the story was going plausible until the "twist" which then made everything else have no sense.

The blurb: I personally thought that the entire story was given way in the plot, but I kept reading because I already had checked the book out of the library. I skipped half of the book to the "twist" and then went back to read the whole thing because it made no sense.

The POVs: The chapters start with no indication of who is talking so I got confused until somewhere I finally got who's pov was that. Mind you, not all chapters were like that, but most of them. This is in an attempt to confuse you when the "twist" comes into play.

The length: The book is unnecessary long. We have the story of Lorraine (the detective working the case) that is totally irrelevant to the main story. I just skipped all that. But wait, Lorraine's husband cheated on her once (hence all their problems?) and at the end, it turned out that her husband knew the nanny. "Do you know her?" Lorraine asked. "Yes, I do," the husband said. And that is that. I suppose that she's the one he cheated on her wife with?

***** Spoilers *****
Do not read this if you don't want to know who the real killer is.

Anyways, throughout the book, everything is played for you to think that the nanny is the killer. In the first chapter (or maybe it was the prologue?) we have somebody talking about how all she wants in life is a baby. Since she was a little kid this narrator has been obsessed with having a baby. This narrator is not the nanny, though.

Well, I guess that that narration has nothing to do with the real main characters and it was there just to throw you off.

In the story, the nanny is completely obsessed with having a baby. But it turns out that in reality, the nanny is an undercover agent investigating Claudia (the mom's) husband for money laundering or something like that.

Let me tell you that this completely came out of nowhere. There was never a hint about the husband's play in the plot other than to be there.

We constantly get suspicious activities from the nanny which leads you to believe that she is plotting to take the mother's baby. But in reality, the mother was never pregnant and was the one killing pregnant women to have their babies because she was obsessed with one. I don't think the mother (Claudia) was the narrator at the beginning either because she was taking care of her tweens stepsons which would had been enough to satiate her odd motherly yearning.

It turned out that the nanny never wanted a baby. All she wanted was to have a career. So, why the obsessive thoughts about having a baby then? Just to mislead you.

The main stupidity of this book was when Pip, another pregnant woman about to give birth, calls Claudia (who turned out to be the real killer) when she (Pip) went into labor.

I am not a doctor, but it seems to me that labor comes suddenly just on tv and, I guess now, in books. Doesn't labor pain usually builds up to birth. But this is minor, the main point is that if you go into sudden labor, you CALL AN AMBULANCE not a friend. What exactly is your friend going to do? So Pip called Claudia, and Claudia goes there and gets a kitchen knife to take Pip's baby. Stupidly convenient.

Now, mind you, Claudia has tried this stunt before and killed all babies and mothers. Don't you know by now that you just don't cut open a woman's belly to take a baby out? Didn't you watch some Youtube videos about childbirth to prepare yourself? Apparently not.

So at the end, Ms. Nanny is not the killer but an undercover agent investigating the family she works for and the real killer is the mother who hired the nanny in the first place.

Interesting plot, I would say, but badly developed.

There was never the slightest indication that Claudia was a psychopath; it just came out of nowhere which left me empty.

For me, it was like writing a book and a plot and changing everything at the end just to shock the reader.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer by Demelza Carlton

Summary on Goodreads.

Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (Nightmares #1)

I must be missing something really big in this book because it has a lot, and I mean a lot of 5 and 4 stars ratings. Why, I ask, the book is horrible.

Nathan rescues Caitlin who had being kidnapped, torture, abused, raped in all possible ways, ... and so on.

The first thing that made me dislike the book is that every fucking chapter starts with Caitlin's broken semi-monologue. Actually, let me copy some here:

"Hold her for me.
Hold her still.
Don't touch me!
Oh God, so much pain. I need HELP.
Two of them...

I mean, I got it the first time, okay? But every single chapter of this shit? Annoying.

After Nathan rescues Caitlin, she is in the hospital, sedated and sleeping for I don't know how many days straight. Meanwhile, Nathan watches her sleep, fantasizes about her... and, I kid you not, KISSES her.

Wow, a girl who has been super raped, you kissed her. Fine, she was asleep but, don't you have any concerns of getting some type of disease? Don't you care about what she was forced to do with that mouth? Apparently no.

Moving on, Caitlin is just 17 but, guess what? She is already in medical school!!! Even more, she mus had been doing some type of residency or something at the hospital where she staying because they know her there.

So, 17 and medical school? NO WAY!

And did I mention that all the time that Caitlin was sedated and having nightmares all she would do was toss around, scream, cry and say "you promised.... you promised..."

Well, this "you promised" was for Nathan who promised to help her. So every time Nathan thought was time to hit the road, Caitlin would conveniently whisper "you promised..." and Nathan would stay.

But did he stay because of this or because he liked Caitlin? CREEPYYY! Yes, he acknowledged she had all the right curves in the right places, he kissed her while sleeping, he jumped to bed to sleep next to her and hug her so she could calm down... This sleeping with a rape victim to calm her down I don't get, seriously. However, all of that would be okay if Caitlin wasn't 17 and Nathan close to 40!! Seriously, the guy is over 30 and fancying brutally raped girl who was hospitalized?

Please tell me they don't end up together! Please! Although the book is cataloged under romance. Disgusting.

I tried to move past those incongruities but I just couldn't. I was forcing myself to keep reading and it just made me nauseous. Oh, I did fell it for Caitlin, it was Nathan's characters who ruined it.

But Alas! this is just book #1 of crap. Congratulations to those who can finish it.

I should definitely come up with a zero star rating for shit like this.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Books into movie: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Summary on Goodreads.

"The hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is Amer..."

I read this book such a long time ago and loved it. Mind you, I'm just a sucker for British accent... and humor... and everything, so....

Four people meet on the top of a building on New Year's Eve when they are all going to commit suicide. Obviously they don't kill themselves but instead become friends.

I love that the friendship seemed real, and it developed (not like the author said "okay, now they are friends").

Why did they want to commit suicide? Well, obviously we are going to find out in the most exquisite way.

What else can I say? I just said it above: love the British humor and language.

The movie based on this book is coming out (or is out already). I thought, no thanks, I liked the book but I'm not watching the movie. And then I just saw the trailer as I googled it for this post. Obviously, I got hooked as I barely understand a word they speak! Ok, just kidding, by now I'm able to understand proper British English :-)

Five stars for the book! Trailer below.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

Summary on Goodreads.

"It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls..."

I can't quite express how much I liked this book. Tarver and Lilac made me smile and enjoy this kind of futuristic survival story to the point that I found myself rereading passages because they were too funny.

I absolutely loved Lilac's development. This was not a case of insta love but insta attraction or liking it which is perfectly fine. They saw and liked each other like normal people like each other. But they didn't instantly fall in love and, the best part, they were not destined for each other.

I particularly liked the two POVs; I very much enjoyed reading a situation from two different perspectives.

I had seen this book reviewed many times but never paid attention to it because I try to stay away from books with cheesy covers like this. I think that a better cover would have been the moons of the new planet.

Anyways, I didn't give it the full five stars because of the ending. It wasn't all there for me, but I totally loved these two characters.

Monday, July 7, 2014

That Night by Chevy Stevens

Summary on Goodreads.

"As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent
complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn't relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren't easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutal..."

I don't know what happened to Stevens here. Is this the same author who wrote Still Missing (which I loved)? It does't seem so.

I didn't DNF the book because I wanted to see how Toni was going to find out who killed her sister. What a disappointment.

This book is written for... amateurs, I'd say. It was so obvious who had done it that I thought it was a joke, that it couldn't be that simple. So I kept reading because I thought Stevens would pull something great... but she didn't.

From the very beginning all that Toni did was complain: "Shauna hates me. She's out to get me." Well, nobody is going to believe she hates you just because you say so.

This book was sooo childish. Everything seemed to revolve around making Toni's life miserable. Fine. But the constant whining about those girls and never doing anything about it? Annoying, and it made Toni impossible to like; she was rather annoying!

And can things be so perfect for somebody, in this case Shauna? Well, I guess when it is written that way.

Did the police do anything? Of course not. Brave Toni solved everything in the last pages with the typical showing up to confront the killer by herself and then, miraculously getting help.

And why was Shauna's daughter so into exposing her mom? I mean, did your mother torture you or something? Nope, she just forbid you to see some guy, drink, and become promiscuous. So it didn't make sense that she so desperately wanted to help Toni and expose her mom.

But anyway, the predictability of this story was absurd. As I said before, I kept reading it because I thought something interesting was going to happen, but there's nothing more pathetic than when a murder is solved because of a confession. Yes people, the killer confessed. Really? You keep a secret for 17 years just to spill it all out at the smallest sight of provocation? Pathetic, indeed.

Regardless of how mad I was at the predictability of the story, I was compelled to keep reading and finish it. It must be a Stevens' thing. I am still a fan of her despite not liking her second book, Never Knowing, either.

Something that extremely bothered me was that Toni was using one of those pay-as-you-go phones that you can buy without a trace of purchase. How fancy are those cheap phones? Can they take pictures and record? Because Toni recorded her conversation with the killer with this phone. How, exactly was this possible? Supposedly, Toni turn on the phone, pressed 'record' and put it in her packet. How loud were Toni and the killer talking for the conversation to be recorded? Or how close to each other were they? I just found this so ridiculous that I had to say it.

I know is difficult to write two great books and that I shouldn't compare, but after reading Still Missing, That Night felt like a joke.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Summary on Goodreads.

"Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny...."

This is the first retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I read and hated it.

Nyx bored me out of my mind. And by the way, for someone virginal and pure she was quick enough to become... not so virginal and pure.

The house. Really, what's up with the thousand rooms and never ending stair? It didn't do it for me.

The mythology: I like my Greek and Roman and anything else mythological references, but this book over did it. Every other action was inspired or analyzed by some ancient hero or god. Got me bored as well.

The only good thing (which I missed) is that the lovely and tender sister turned out to be a little bitch of her own. How the heck did that happen. I missed that because I started skipping pages like crazy. Oh well.

Nyx was good enough with the now-I-love-my-sister litany, and now I don't love her chant, because we don't always love our siblings, right? :-)

I couldn't grasp why she sacrificed her love for the sake of a family she despised rather than loved. Just as well.

Like in the movie Frozen, it turns out that a selfless act of love is strong enough to break any curse.