Since Forever Ago

Since Forever Ago

author: Olivia Besse
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 2.98
book published: 2014
rating: 0
read at:
date added: 2014/06/30
shelves: dnf
review:
ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 25%

I don’t think authors are obligated to deliver likable characters. I really enjoy characters written realistically. 20-22 year olds are often selfish, impulsive, immature, and pretty damn clueless so I can appreciate the way the heroine was written despite how shitty everyone is.

But the story isn’t here.

I forced myself to get through 25% so I would feel like I gave this a fair shake. It’s incredibly boring. Nothing has really happened. Things keep happening “off screen” and we get the recap later. Most of the book so far has been the characters talking about things that happened and not actually experiencing things that happened. There is entirely too much dialogue in this book.

It’s also VERY, VERY silly. Regardless of age there is no woman in existence who actually thinks guys are going to like her if she burps, wears sweatpants, talks about lifting, and calls him “bro.” But somehow Riley is dumb enough that she believes her friend, Max (the hero), when he tells her this is how you become every guy’s dream girl. Riiiiiightttt. This is so preposterous that I almost feel like this entire book was written as a joke.

I ALMOST had to put this book down when at 11% the following sentence was used in a serious context:

Despite the fact that the two had drifted over the past few years of college, with Max easing into the disheveled lifestyle of a bro and Noah becoming obsessed with gathering elite internships like they were trading cards, they still remained as close as they had been since they were five-year-old benchwarmers in Little League together.

Wut? Come again? Did the Hero just refer to himself as a bro? Yes, yes he did.

At 25% I feel like I gave it a chance. I have too many books on my TBR to spend the next 2 hours totally miserable reading this mess. I wanted to like it. Couldn’t.

How We Deal with Gravity

How We Deal with Gravity

author: Ginger Scott
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.27
book published: 2014
rating: 4
read at: 2014/06/27
date added: 2014/06/27
shelves: arc, contemporary, families, famous, fiction, new-adult, rockstars, romance
review:
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, thank goodness!

I wanted to like this so badly and I was so scared that I wouldn’t. This is the author that wrote two of my all time favorites Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long, BUT I hated her subsequent novel, Blindness. HATED IT. I couldn’t even finish it I hated it so much.

But this novel is great. It’s pretty typical new adult, but the son’s autism puts a unique spin on a familiar storyline.

What I liked:
1. Minimal angst. This book isn’t without conflict, which kept me engaged, but the characters acted reasonably. Nothing makes me more angry than when a novel’s entire climax hinges on two people just NOT talking to each other- the problem could have been resolved 200 pages ago, but we’re not going to discuss it and fix our miscommunication. MURDER.
2. I liked the way Mason was written a lot. The author was able to write him as a bad boy, without making him an asshole. He was human, he forgot things and screwed up, but he was trying. I liked that she made him redeemable. I liked that he didn’t do anything horrible or unforgivable.
3. Max was a great character. I loved his characterization as well. His quirks and talents really brought a lot to the story. Seeing his relationship develop with Mason was very interesting and endearing.
4. This book was life. The things that happened were life. I like when conflict arises in a book because sometimes shitty things happen and it’s no one’s fault. Sometimes it’s just a bad hand and you have to do what you have to do to get through it. Sometimes things suck because people are human. The constant need that author’s sometimes have to make people do truly unforgivable stuff totally really baffles me. In real life, you don’t come back from that garbage. You do something truly awful, and it’s done. You ruined it. It doesn’t get glossed over in the last 50 pages with an unintended pregnancy and an engagement ring. I like to see people overcome because they worked through their faults and worked with the faults of others. I like when people try.

What I hated:
1. I don’t know if I would call it hate, but I’m actually not (I can’t think of her name! I just finished this book 10 minutes ago and I am going to have to open my kindle and look it up! This is really going to drive my point home. Geez.) Avery’s (!) biggest fan. She was a little vanilla for me. She didn’t seem to have much of a personality. She was entirely characterized by her “helping spirit” (as my mother would say). Avery is a caregiver, she works hard, and she’s has been hurt. These are the things I know about Avery. I would have liked to seen more of Avery’s personality outside of her interactions with other people. Take away her struggles with Max and Adam and what do I know about her? Not a whole hell of a lot. She’s completely selfless. I don’t relate to and am not interested in characters like this.
2. The ending took it a little too far to me. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I could have done without the epilogue. It was fine and I think a lot of other people will really like it, but it was a bit too much too soon for me.
3. Dual POV is lazy. I hate it. I’m sick of it.

Overall, you should add this to your TBR if you’re looking for something that won’t make you afraid your eyes are going to pop out of your head from rolling them so much. I know I say this a lot in my reviews, but I find that (at least, and this is being nice) 70% of the new adult genre is terribly cheesy and makes my teeth hurt. This book didn’t do that to me. It’s not going on my favorites shelf by any means, but it was a great way to spend my time.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

author: Rachel Hawkins
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 3.97
book published: 2014
rating: 2
read at: 2014/06/25
date added: 2014/06/26
shelves: fantasy, fiction, young-adult
review:
If I had to review this in one word, it would be “weak.” This book is WEAK.

Wrong.

The idea for this is pretty cute. It’s pretty much a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and King Arthur. Actually, it may borrow from Buffy a little too much, but regardless, I very much expected to like this book, but it fails on almost all fronts.

The world building in this is nonexistent. ESPECIALLY if this is going to be a series. The author did the absolute bare-minimum to set up the world. I just kept waiting and waiting for Hawkins to open it up. She never does. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments (regardless of your feelings about it)- those books have worlds that are fully developed. You start to understand the rules and what can happen in the fantasy world. Not with Rebel Belle. I have so many damn questions about Rebel Belle’s world my head is spinning.

Here is what I know about the world:
1. Mages
2. Oracle
3. Ephors
4. Paladins

Here is what I don’t know:
1. Basically everything else. I started to write a list of all of the questions I have, got to 7, realized it was going to go on forever and deleted it.

The characters were well-developed and there was no insta-love, but those are really the only nice things I have to say about this book.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

author: Laini Taylor
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.05
book published: 2011
rating: 0
read at:
date added: 2014/06/23
shelves: dnf, fantasy, fiction, not-for-me, paranormal, stupid-character-names
review:
DNF at 30%. Here’s a picture of me eating alone in the bathroom since I am the only person who doesn’t think this is the best book ever 🙁