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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Three stories that didn't work for me

Arena One: slave runners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) by Morgan Rice
I picked this book because some reviews compare it to Hunger Games. But I have to say that the only similarity between these two is that both books are about fighting/surviving for entertainment.

In a decimated America, 17 year old Brooke survives hiding with her little sister. But when her sister is taken away, Brooke takes on a deadly path to rescue her. The problem?

That Brooke is pretty much Xena, the warrior princes, in a small frame. Really, I would not have been surprised if at the end Brooke turned out not to be human.

Not to say I couldn't finish the book! Come on, for a simple girl to kill like that without super powers? No way, at least Xena is in mythological times so anything can happen.
This other review share my feelings exactly… minus the Twilight part, of course!

The Survivors by Amanda Havard
What a disappointment this book is. It started really catching: they year is 1692 and 14 children accused as witches in Salem were banished and sent to die in a harsh winter. But they didn’t (die, that is), they survived and gained strange powers that they passed on to their children.

Present day: one of those children, Sadie, decides to leave the community and see the world. The problem? She is extremely beautiful, men can’t stop staring at her and women are jealous of her beauty. Yet, somehow, she can pass by "normal” amongst us. The book is totally insipid and the story is lame. I didn't have the stomach to finish this X-men-wanna be.

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Meredith and Mallory are mirror twins born on either side of midnight on New Year’s Eve. They also happen to have magical powers. Sounds interesting, right?

The problem? Well, the story gets confusing when within a dialog the names change from Mallory to Mally to Mal (all the same person). At the beginning I couldn't make sense of Meredith - Merry - Mer but then I figured they were all the same twin.

I got fed up with having to keep up with the names and the names of the other characters as well.
I was really enjoying the book at the beginning but when I started to get mixed up with the nicknames I lost interest and put it down.