Showing posts with label michelle hodkin. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Popular Book Series I Started but will NEVER Finish feat Cinder, Talon, Zodiac & more




I'm generally hardly a person that sticks with a series unless it absolutely knocked my socks off. Therefore I simply got a lot of unfinished series on my shelves. Some of them well-known. Here are they:





THE DARKEST MINDS  - Alexandra Bracken
I think this is simply a case of being too late to the party. I'm not sure whether this book inspired lots of similar dystopian books that read exactly the same, or it was inspired by them. I felt like I've read 78 books like this already, mabye I would've liked this more had I read it after the release. 

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES - Kami García & Margaret Stohl
I think I will maybe give other books by them a chance, but I really wasn't a fan. I found the Southern theme too over the top, despite this being undoubtedly a very skillfully written book that's surely innovative in the right places. I felt like the story of the two protagonists wasn't really interesting enough (to me), to want to read a sequel.

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER - Michelle Hodkin
I think the hype simply ruined this for me. I was expecting something completely different. A thriller, a horror story, just something fast-paced and exciting. I found the novel not really exciting at all and too romance-centric for my taste. 




ZODIAC - Romina Russell
I don't know what happened here, I love astrology and sci-fi, yet this just didn't hit the right spot for me. Maybe it's because the majority of the characters are human, I would have loved some more aliens. I mean it's space, come on!

TALON  - Julie Kagawa
Again one of those books that I'm positive I would've liked had I read it earlier. Maybe this would have been something for 14 year old me. Again, the tropes and the entire world feels so recycled! I love paranormal romance usually but this lacked any ounce of originality in my opinion.

HOURGLASS - Myra McEntire
I love this book. But she decided to switch protagonists in the sequel and I'm not really a fan of that.




CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I really didn't like anything about this. The hype really had me super curious especially because I love fairytale retellings and sci-fi. This one has it both! I found the diversity/Chinese aesthetic super forced and lowkey pretty racist. It really ruined everything for me to be honest!

SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi
I think this is just an overall case of "not for me". The writing, the characters, the plot - I'm surprised I even managed to finish this in the first place.

RED QUEEN - Victoria Aveyard
This book is simply hit or miss if you look at everyone's reviews. For me it was a miss, for reasons you've probably heard about.


Which book series will you never finish?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

[Challenge] Horror Reading Challenge: Second Quarter Update

The Horror Reading Challenge is hosted by Tracy @ Cornerfolds. Goal is to read as many books of the horror genre as possible. The challenge started back in January 1st and ends on December 31st.
I'm actually quite proud of myself. I don't usually pick up many horror novels because it's really difficult to get me hooked with a good premise. I don't get scared easily and when I pick up a horror book that's only mediocre I tend to go back to other genre books for a while.

The challenge is a great way to motivate myself to read and try more horror or thriller novels, even those that I usually wouldn't have picked up. "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin has a huge following and I was actually quite intimidated by starting this novel. My expectations were fulfilled, namely that I didn't like it at all. I didn't think it was scary, it wasn't full of plot twists, but just written in a very messy way.

Good thing I decided to continue The Forbidden Game series by L.J. Smith then, because I absolutely loved the first novel and it scared the shit out of me. The series plays with human existential fears, but it's not so scary that you might pee yourself, but only gives up a really uncomfortable and eerie vibe, which is what I absolutely love.



 Books I've read so far: 

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin 
YA / Thriller
★★☆☆☆ 
2. The Chase (The Forbidden Game #2) - L.J. Smith
YA  / Horror
 ★★★★☆
(Review)
3. The Kill (The Forbidden Game #3) - L.J. Smith
YA / Horror
  ★★★★☆
(Review)


 Challenge Levels
1-5 horror books: Running Scared
6-10 horror books: Brave Reader
11-15 horror books: Fearless
16+ horror books: Horror Hound
My Current Level: Running Scared

Challenge Update Schedule
March 26th - First Quarter Update
June 25th - Second Quarter Update & Giveaway
September 24th - Third Quarter Update
December 24th - Challenge Wrap-Up & Giveaway

 

Have you any recommendations for the challenge? 

Do you participate and what's your current level?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

[Review] The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) - Michelle Hodkin

In THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER, Mara loses all her friends in a traumatic accident that she has no memory of. When her father is assigned a new case in Florida, Mara is forced to go to a new private school, where she falls for the school womanizer.

This book feels like a YA version of Shutter Island. You know that something's wrong the entire time, but you can't quite put your finger on it. 

Sadly, unlike in said movie, you won't be hitting your head and saying Damn It, I knew it!- you'll most likely be still confused.

             A Slumberous Romance

Aside from the mystery around what happens to Mara, her relationship to Noah takes up a big chunk of the novel. I didn't want Mara and Noah to hook up, I didn't even care about those two, I just wanted more flashback scenes so I could make a sense of what happened to Mara.

Noah is just very unlikeable. He's a walking cliché. British bad boy who's not only filthy rich, but oh-so-interested in creepy Mara, who spends days doodling his face before she even really knows him. It's your typical school-heartthrob falling for the shy girl thing. No one likes that, unless you're maybe 11. Also boyfriends who beat up other guys for you aren't romantic. They're scary. 

Mara as a protagonist absolutely had me from the beginning. I love her way of narrating the story and she has a clear, strong character voice that's not very intrusive and pleasant. She's funny, she's a little bit sarcastic and she's not afraid to admit that there's something wrong with her. Still, she fits into the category of the paranormal romance shy girls that is so frowned upon. Mara doesn't have any self-esteem issues, but doesn't call herself pretty either- still, every guy in this novel seems to think she is the reincarnation of a goddess walking the earth. 

But I don't want to put it down?!

The story sucks you in from the first chapter and you have to continue. Hodkin cleverly decorates the story with flashbacks to before the accident in uneven intervals, so you never know when you're going to find the next puzzle piece. .

The scary thing about it isn't ghosts or monsters or anything, but the way you're feeling like you're going insane with Mara. For some people it's just bad writing to make everything so confusing and I fully understand that some people don't connect to this novel. 

Essentially it's a mystery novel that absolutely sucks you in. It doesn't have the best writing style, but I couldn't put it down. I had high hopes, but sadly, the resolution is not what I expected. False advertising- this novel is just your average YA paranormal romance, lacking in the paranormal and trying to confuse you with irritating and misleading passages that are written off as hallucinations. 


Rating:

★★

 

Overall: Do I Recommend?

The resolution isn't shocking, but it's the road there that's interesting. The main thing that this novel builds on is confusing the reader. I didn't fall for it and easily lost interest.

I hesitate to recommend it to anyone, because I had such a hard time liking Noah, and especially Noah and Mara together. They don't make sense as a couple and it truly feels like CARRIE - he's only figuratively taking the awkward girl to prom so he can dump a bucket of pig blood over her head.



Synopsis:
"Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.
"

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