Sunday, August 30, 2015

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Summary on Goodreads.

I loved it! It might seem slow and that nothing is really happening, but that is the way it has to move for the end to work.

I loved the dynamics of this town and its rich (or apparently rich) people. I liked that one thing was said and another one was thought. It just reminded me of Hysteria Lane [?] and Desperate housewives. That kind of drama senza Gaby Solis.

White people are so polite and proper! I would like to see the same to happen among Hispanics!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pop Goes the Weasel by M. J. Arlidge

Summary on Goodreads.

Pop Goes the Weasel (Helen Grace, #2)

This one was as good as Eneey Meeney. It is a completely different story but some aspects of Helen Grace from the first book are here. So it would be better to read book #1 in the series first so you don't feel lost and unattached to the main character.

The intrigue and gruesome details of the murders are as vivid and horrific as the first book. The tension and the detective work as impeccable as well.

I am not giving it the full five stars because I had trouble following the story at times because, as this was a free copy from Netgalley, the book is not completely edited. What a shame. I understand that, but it was hard to follow the story. Paragraphs ran into each other in the middle of a sentence; as a result, I didn't know what the scene was about. Sometimes I thought I was reading about Helen and, because I felt it wasn't making sense, would go back to reread, to eventually find out that the scene was about Charlie. Frustrating but... Hey! It's a free book. And this is why I didn't enjoy the book as much as the first one (which I bought and was perfectly edited).

Reporter Emilia (forgot last name) is again present in the story and doing everything she could possibly do to get the exclusive. My distaste for her grew in this book!

Jake is still present but the romance I suspect will develop between him and Helen isn't happening yet. Sooo will see.

I can't wait to read the next book The Doll's House and be disgusted yet fascinated by Arlidge's imagination.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)

Summary on Goodreads.

I almost couldn't believe what I was reading. This was a different kind of thriller. Yes, it has some things that every detective/crime book has, but I enjoyed this one A LOT.

Would you choose to kill or be killed? I instantly thought "kill," but then I thought, what if the choice is between my sister and I?

Every characters had a distinct personality and I was immersed in their situation. I completely related to them and the choice they had to make.

Also, I agreed with the killer and her hatred and thirst of revenge.


Perhaps the following is not really a spoiler but just in case I wanted to warn you.

So, Marianne hates her sister because, after Marianne killed their parents because they were abusing her (the father and his friends were raping her), her sister turned her back on Marianne. Maybe Marianne could've just gone to the police instead of choosing to kill them, but then again, a desperate mind takes desperate measures.

Marianne knew that her sister, at the time 13, was next to be raped because she saw how her father was already looking a her. So she chose to kill them both to save her sister and make them pay for what they've done to her.

Marianne's sister was the one to call the police about the murder, and even worst, when Marianne went to jails, her sister never wrote to her. Marianne wrote a lot of letter to her sister, but the sister chose to ignore and forget about Marianne completely.

Why? They didn't love their parents, and Marianne's sister knew about the rape and what was going on. Then why turn on your sister like that?

Because of that, I completely get why Marianne hated her sister and wanted revenge.


As I said before, a good damn book that I couldn't put down. I will definitely read the other books in the series.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Just Plain Weird by Tom Upton

Summary on Goodreads.

So Travis lives a quite life until Eliza moves next door and everything changes.
At the beginning I was interested. Travis and his best friend were pleasantly weird. And the first visit to Eliza's house definitely got me hooked. But after that, mysterious Eliza decides to talk to Travis and the story became boring. Nothing about the story was interesting anymore.

The most annoying part is that Eliza launches into monologues that go on for pages. Even worst, the entire book has long paragraphs that take pages. I cannot stand those long, interminable paragraphs.

So no, they are not aliens, but I'd have preferred they were. Eliza and her father found an alien artifact that makes incredible things (like replicate food). The machine chose to communicate with Travis, Eliza's neighbor, and now they learn about this whole different world and, like E. T., the machine wants to go home.

The machine tells Travis, by now Trav, how to go home and he sets up the coordinates back in time but then something goes wrong. Oh! Did I mention that Eliza's mom had disappeared at the site where they found the alien artifact? Well, if time goes back that means that Eliza's mom would be back because she would never have disappeared.

Hmmm, put that way the story sound interesting; it is just that the writing was horrible which, I guess, made it not interesting for me. Travis' friend was super smart and odd, something that could have been developed and taken advantage of in the story but wasn't.

Oh! It just got me bored and DNF.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Summary on Goodreads.

I think it is official, the only book I'll like by Stevens is and will always be Still Missing. Every other book I've read by Stevens feels... empty.

Did I care for anyone in this book? Not really. Then, halfway, when time has passed, the girls have a new identity and I don't know who is who again. I lost ALL interest in the story.

You know what? It would've been a much better book if it turned out to be that the girls haunted, tortured, and killed those bastards. But nope, I guess is okay to have women being raped and tortured but not okay to have them do the same to men.

But back to the point, the characters were really flat. Three girls who have it tough with an alcoholic father, yet, I didn't feel sad for them. And those guys... no personality at all. Fine. I'm telling you, the book would've been better if it stopped when they escaped because...

A few pages into the story I just kept thinking, "is this the same author who wrote Still Missing? It is time for me and Stevens to officially break up.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In the House of Leviathan by B.D. Bruns

Summary on Goodreads.

16% and nothing has happened besides a man sitting on the beach with the water up to his chest, and a swimming pool that should be empty filling up with water by itself and emptying itsel again.

A lot of descriptions and dragging writting.

By 23% Finally something; out of nowhere a beast/pulp attacks the family. More dialogue about this.

40%Zzzzzzz bored out of my mind but determined to finish it.

50% Officially DNF. I want my money back!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bully by Penelope Douglas

Bully (Fall Away #1)

Summary on Goodreads.

So Jared hates Tate for no apparent reason. He bullies her a lot... and Tate cries a lot. However, being the reason of such inexplicable hate doesn't stop Tate from appreciating how a fine specimen Jared is.

Anyway, Tate resolved to fight back and now we have a relationship similar to the two love interests of that silly book, Obsidian. The typical I-hate-you-so-much-because-I-actually-like-you shit all over again.

Did I mention that Tate looks smoking hot but she doesn't know it? Yeah.... That girl again.

At 45% the nemesis (Jared and Tate) hook up and make out like mad dogs.

I haven't read that far yet, but I am sure this shit is going to be Jared confessing that he was mean to Tate because she became too cute and he didn't know how to act around her anymore. Must force self to read more.

Random note: Is this the crap that we are teaching girls?

67% I knew it! Jared confessed "I've wanted you for so long. All the times I'd see you next door... it drove me crazy."

Oh well, now I can stop reading this shit. Apparently, it is okay to be bullied if the guy is cute becuase the bullying really means that he likes you and you'll end up together.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

Summary on Goodreads.

What was I thinking to buy a book without reading the summary first? I just read on a blog I follow that the book was awesome and I added to my list.

Well, I just hate vampire books. Had I known this crap was about vampires... Sweet mother of Jesus! Did I just read "instant connection"?

Anyway, at 16% I just can't keep reading. This is just not my taste. Bianca sells her blood to vampires; well, actually to one vampire, Jeremiah. Bianca is also what we would call a drug addict hooked on the rush she gets from her blood being sucked out of her body (or something like that).

One night, Bianca meets James, our love interest, and she, high as she is after feeding Jeremiah, kisses him. Violá!

According to the summary they fall in love but Jeremiah, who wants Bianca all for himself, gets in the way. THE END.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Summary on Goodreads.

The first thing you need to know is that this is NOT a disaster book but rather a display of outer space science and engineering knowledge.

Page 150: The moon broke up in seven parts. Earth has 2 years until a meteor shower that could last from 5-10 thousand years destroys it. To save the human race, they are making a space ark to repopulate humanity. Who will be the chosen ones to go live up there?

Page 230: Skipped a lot to this second part of the book because instead of showing me the selection of people, the book was A LOT about space stuff that I had no idea but, I am sure, is fascinating for people who can understand space machinery jargon.

Page 318: The meteor rain begins to fall. How is the world being destroyed? I have no idea because instead, the book keeps its undigested lecture of other "important" things.

Page 350: Oh! Earth is gone; and that is that. Life on the ark now.

Page 570: Part three - Five thousand years later and a new race of humans! What are they planning to do? Go back to Earth. Now we have new names, new characterless, and more of the same technological shit that amounted to nothing.

This book is empty of emotions and feelings. The Earth died and I didn't give a damn. Oh! The president of the US is a woman here. Well, 900 pages of nothing. Really. The only character I could keep track of was Dinah, the rest....? A bunch of names here and there that did this and that. I didn't care about anyone because no one single person was given depth. The author seemed to be more concern with writing about his expertise in building a space ark. So... if something like this would ever happen, now we know how to build the damn ark.

You would think that after a global announcement that the world would end in 2 years people would go crazy - riots and shit, and that people would fight to be chosen to be in that ark. But nope. I didn't see any of that here. Apparently, we are more civilized that we give ourselves credit for. In this book, humanity worked peacefully for the survival of a few.

The world is being destroyed... at least give me some San Andreas (the movie) image of it! Nope, the meteor rain started to fall and that was that.

Five thousand years and five hundred pages later a new race of humans is functioning. I still have no idea who was picked to be the new elite and proud... But whatever. I didn't have the energy to engage in new names and new astronomy and space science knowledge.

The book would make a great TV series though. No doubt. However, Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as we knew it is better.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All the rage by Courtney Summers

Summary on Goodreads.

Well, we have the usual: poor girl crazy for gorgeous popular boy (in football team, mind you) that goes to party hoping to hook up with said boy. Girl gets drunk and boy rapes her. Just your regular YA.

Obviously, these YA characters don't read YA or they would know better. Time to change the MO authors!

Darn it, I knew from the summary it was gonna be like this but, ... so many good reviews about this book that I got hooked. Just like Summers' previous books, this book made me mad for things that should be said but weren't.

Oh! I'm giving up. Can't keep reading the same YA crap over and over again (with different characters' names and towns). Maybe some teenager can relate to this weird behavior, I can't.

And it is official, the only book I will ever like by Summers is This is not a test.

Monday, June 1, 2015

One step too far by Tina Seskis

Summary on Goodreads.

I almost feel like giving it two stars, but everything was good up to the end. I loved the different POVs and the back and forth in time.

I however, feel cheated with the twist because I don't feel the twist to be much of a twist, really. Okay, Emily felt she needed a new life after what happened, the thing is that I don't see what happened as something worth to base this book. Yes, I expected something more... grave.

I also feel tricked because the very first page of the book led me to believe something that was not. Because of this, I never guessed the twist (all along I thought it would have something to do with her twin), but I was just tricked into thinking this way.

I don't feel glad with the ending because I feel it came out of nowhere ... damn, I really can't say why without giving the plot away. I wasn't cleverly deceived but flatly lied to.

*** Spoilers      Spoilers ****

Oh! What the heck?! Stop reading if you don't want to find out the twist but I must say what it was or I would get an ulcer.

So, Emily left because her son, Daniel, was killed in an accident. They were at the park and she got distracted with her twin sister's dog when Daniel crossed the street and bam! She felt it was her fault and she couldn't face telling her husband so she ditched him.

Now, that would've been okay if the hadn't made me believe that her son was Charlie, he was still alive and she was leaving him too. You see? On the first page of the book, Emily is leaving her family and she goes to the room and sees Charlie sleeping. She leaves quickly before Charlie wakes up because then she knows she won't have the heart to leave. At some other part of the story, Emily is thinking about her husband and Charlie. Charlie! How she misses him, but she knows he is well taken care of with xxx (name of husband here).

So all that led me to believe that Charlie was Emily's son. BUT NO!! It turned out that Charlie is a fucking dog and Emily's real son was Daniel and he's been dead from the beginning.

So you see why I feel lied to? A dog! For fuck's sake.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Living by Matt de la Pena

Summary on Goodreads.

I'm surprised with this YA. It took 110 pages of setting the... scene (I guess) before the earthquake finally happened. Usually, YA gets right into it with less blah blah blah and adds things as the story develops. Nice change though.

Are rich people really obnoxiously dense? That's kind of what I'm getting here. And apparently, rich people on a cruise like to introduce themselves to the staff. A lot. Oh! and casually mention where they got their money from (of course, there might be a reason for this here that I'm not seeing just yet... but most likely not).

Nice romance; thank God no insta love. Carmen seems to be the most beautiful Mexican American girl to ever have existed though, and white chicks come close but can't compete. Fortunately, Carmen acts as if she doesn't know she is beautiful (now this is the usual predictable YA I was missing earlier).

I can't connect with Shy, the story, and the plot. I expected this to be more... about a disaster/survival story, and it is not. For some reason I can't stand Carmen.

The second book is already out but I won't be reading it. This book didn't hook my interest.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Why popcorn costs so much at the movies? by Richard B. McKenzie

Summary on Goodreads.

Am I really dumb or this guy explains things in a very difficult way. For instance, I read the section about the shortage of water in California and, from my understanding, there's no such shortage. They increase the price of water when it doesn't rain too much to create awareness that it isn't raining so they should mind the water. Well, if that really is the explanation, couldn't he just say so without so much blah blah blah?

The explanations must be in the book, I just didn't find them as they were buried under a sea of economic verbose.

A shorter, more concise, in layman's language book would had been better.

I also got the impression the author jumped from one thing to another without finishing his thoughts.

The editor of this book must have a Ph. D. in economics. I'm sure the editor and the author are the only ones who read the whole thing! What the heck, this book must have been written for Republicans! I was looking for something more straight forward and simple for my brain; something more like Freakonomics.

So, why does popcorn cost so much at the movies? I still have no idea.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3)

Summary on Goodreads.

At 30% I was not enjoying this last book. All I kept thinking was, where is the stuff that made me fall in love with Angelfall?

This is so full of action and gore descriptions that I was bored and skipping. I found it hard to connect, but I kept reading expecting something worthy to happen. After all, it's the conclusion to Angelfall!!!

89% and really bored with so much fights and nasty descriptions. Could Penryn be half angel? Because she fights and fights and never gets hurt. Or tired.

100% - Well, finally finished. For me, it was meh. So much fighting really bored me. The writing is consistent with previous books but I couldn't feel anything in this last book.

I skipped pages because I just wanted to get it over with. I don't know what is wrong with me... Where did my feelings go? I tried to feel the same excitement, the same thrill, and the same love I felt for Raffe in the first book, but Alas! It's just not here.

I was bored of Penryn and her constant reminder of what her sister had become.... Yes, I read that Paige is stitched up just like a hundred times already. I was expecting something else, not this nothingness the book left me with.

Somehow, angels are supposed to be higher beings, but here they are almost pathetic.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Short reviews: Challenger Deep - Dangerous Girls - All the Rage

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

A difficult book to read. I've heard that it is worth to get the hang of it, but I couldn't keep up. I love books about mental illness, but I also prefer more linear stories.

I was interested in Caden, I just didn't like the format of the book, the way the story is told. Right now, I need something more straight forward.

Maybe the book is worth those 5-stars I see everybody giving it. I'm giving it 1-star so when I go through my list I can see that I attempted to read this book... and did not succeed.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Rating: 3-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

You see? So many books are compared to Gone Girl for no reason... but this is one book that I would compared to it. Oh! They are not alike, of course, it's just that the end was like, well... well, this could be our next Amy.

I'm not gonna say the story was mind blowing but it was decent. It does have the usual high school shit of rich kids drinking and doing all kind of drugs. By the way, is that all rich kids in high school do, drink, drugs, and sex? wow!

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

Well, we have the usual: poor girl crazy for gorgeous popular boy (in football team, mind you) that goes to party hoping to hook up with said boy. Girl gets drunk and boy rapes her. Just your regular YA. Obviously, these YA characters don't read YA or they would know better. Time to change the MO authors!

Darn it, I knew from the summary it was gonna be like this but, ... so many good reviews about this book that I got hooked. Just like Summers' previous books, this book made me mad for things that should be said but weren't.

Oh! I'm giving up. Maybe some teenager can relate to this weird behavior, I can't.

And it is official, the only book I will ever like by Summers is This is not a test.