Showing posts with label shiver. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

10 Popular Books That I Disappointingly Rated 1 Star | Top Ten Tuesday

*Sighs* I know there are quite a lot very popular books in there and I do also realize that taste differs and some of you love these books.

Just because I didn't like them, it doesn't mean they're bad. Live and let live, okay?

10. WITHER - Lauren DeStefano
I just don't like books that mostly take place in fancy mansions. This was really boring.

9. WAIT FOR YOU - J. Lynn
See, this shouldn't be surprising to me because NA Romance mostly weirds me out. But I really like JL Armentrout and am constantly chasing the high/giddy feels I got from her Lux series.
I'm an addict.

8. SHIVER - Maggie Stiefvater
This was my first Stiefvater novel and absolutely scarred me for life. Um... this is literally about a girl trying to make her dog/ pet werewolf her boyfriend.

7. THE GODDESS TEST - Aimée Carter
I absolutely love everything Greek mythology and was very disappointed to find a very bad twilight fan fiction. Yikes.

6. SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi
Having everyone rave about this should've prepared me. Abusive is not romantic??? Wtf???

5. LANDLINE - Rainbow Rowell
I have read my fair share of Rowell novels and not really liked any of them, I don't know why I keep trying. It's still disappointing each time. You'd think I'd learn from my mistakes.

4. CRUEL BEAUTY - Rosamund Hodge
Dear lord, save me. This was basically the YA High Fantasy version of one of those smutty historical romance novels you can buy at train stations.

3. SIX OF CROWS - Leigh Bardugo
*sighs* can people please stop using other cultures for aesthetics and also doing it WRONG. Simply hiring someone to back check facts can't be that hard for a bestselling author.
Also, this book is just bad.

2. THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
This one bored me out of my mind with the annoying insta-love.

1. CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I am allergic to cultural appropriation. How to get on my author blacklist 101.

What's your most disappointing 1 star read?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

[Review] Shiver (WoMF #1) - Maggie Stiefvater: Bestiality Much?

In SHIVER, Grace's obsession with wolves gets taken to a whole new level when it turns out that her favourite wolf turns into a cute teenage boy over the summer.
What intrigued me: I haven't read too many werewolf books.

When you like your pet a little too much

I'm going to say what everyone of us is thinking: borderline bestiality. 17-year-old Grace lives next to the woods and her favourite animals are wolves. I mean, this girl REALLY likes wolves.

They're all she talks about and she does everything to get their attention. I'm pretty sure no rational thinking girl would go out in the middle of the night with a blood-dripping piece of meat and try to pet a savage animal. Especially not if said animal and a bunch of other wolves had attacked you as a child and tried to gnaw you to death. But instead, her wolf, that she admits to being in love with (wait, aren't we talking about an animal?!), is not a wolf. It's a teenage boy. He's also very hot. Also in love with her. And there begins the beautiful instant love story of Sam and Grace. Despite all odds they want to be together and Grace totally doesn't care that her new boyfriend is actually a dog. 

I don't like YA that's centered around a girl meeting someone and that person becoming her whole world. Grace even consciously notices that she had been negelecting all of her friends in favor of Sam. Yeah, it's convenient that Sam doesn't have a family or an actual human life and embraces being stuck with her 24/7. But the message isn't healthy. You shouldn't ignore everything, start skipping school and stop talking to your friends just because your boyfriend is, like, super cute.

The novel is written alternating between Grace's and Sam's perspectives. This alone is a pet-peeve of mine because I tend to not connect to the love interest when they aren't a mystery anymore because I know what they're thinking. I noticed right away that the writing is terrible. The novel started of pseudo-poetic, withvery short chapters and little to no character introduction. Maybe Stiefvater tried to stand out through this style, but she just annoyed me to be honest. I second that this novel makes you feel cold literally all the time, I have no idea how she did this, but it's not pleasant. Definitely a winter read.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆



" For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."
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