Showing posts with label the meh chronicles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the meh chronicles. Show all posts

Meh Chronicles: Shadow Queen, A Flame in the Mist, A New Darkness

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Though I’ve heard some not so great things about Redwine’s writing, I thought I would give this a chance. I have been recently getting into a lot of retellings and even writing academic papers over them (you can check those out here), so I figured this one would be a good start for me. And can we talk about that cover? AMAZING!

I feel like I need to start off with the fact that I DNF’d this book at 17%. I just couldn’t do it guys. The writing was not what I had expected. There was such a large fissure between me, the reader, and the main character. I did not care about her, and I tried… I really really tried.

I felt like she could do so much more with her characters and some of the experiences they have endured. She had ample opportunity to make me care for her characters, but at every turn everything felt so very flat… and eerily similar to Snow White and the Huntsman movie, but I won’t get into that.

Overall, I sadly didn’t enjoy it so I have to give it a low rating.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I gave this book 1 star.

The Meh Chronicles (5): Iron King, Make You Mine, The Mistake, and Exquisite Captive

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I was totally feeling like a faery book, especially after I read ACOTAR. I know nothing can even compare to the amazingness that is ACOTAR, but I didn't care. I NEEDED to read something else about faeries, not only that but I also needed to do a bit of research and read more faerie books. Everyone always said how much they love Julie Kagawa. I met her at North Texas Teen Book Festival and she was adorable and so very sweet, so I'm used to urban fairy tales, but this book was interesting. It didn't capture me. The main character just seemed like she was in denial half the time, and I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that characters could be so far into it without seeing the logical signs that point to NeverNever or faerieland or whatever they call it. To me, this book was frustrating. I;m not saying it was a total shit-fest, but it just really wasn't a book for me.

I gave this book 1 star.

Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden

I got this book off of NetGalley, because I needed a fluff read in my otherwise very heavy reading list that I had been working through at the time. What I found was this wasn't your average fluff read. Yes, it had romance, but there were some really hard topics addressed in this book, and I honestly don't think they were addressed very well. I don't want to give anything away, but I feel like it's important for readers to know that this may have some triggers for people who have experienced being sexually assaulted. Overall, the writing was good, but it was the characters I didn't quite connect with. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I gave this book 2 stars.

The Meh Chronicles [4]

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Also known as "mini reviews" for books I didn't enjoy or DNF'd

Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston

To be honest, I am really curious about the people who are 4 and 5 starring this book on Goodreads. Perhaps, I didn't read the same book. Maybe I was given a magical book that transformed Blues for Zoey into something flat, boring, and lackluster. I barely made it 30% before I wanted to fall asleep with my Kindle. Kaz was a boring, cookie-cutter character who fell in love with Zoey, his manic pixie dream girl (complete with pink hair). I found myself rolling my eyes more than caring about the characters. While I really wanted to like this book, there was simply nothing that drew me in. 

I gave this book 1 star on my Goodreads.

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

I did finish this book, but it was a hard one to plow through. While I understood the author's intention to create a world where high school girls are catty, flirty, and carefree, I didn't like it one bit. The amount of girl hate, even when it is acknowledged in the end, was too much to make the book enjoyable. I didn't feel like the characters were redeemable enough at the end of the novel, which left me frustrated and wanting vengeance (Ladies, girl hate is soooo unnecessary!). The only enjoyable quality was that Alexis Bass does provide some decent writing, and a handful of lines that make you stop and think.

I gave this book 3 stars on my Goodreads.

The 'Meh' Chronicles [3]

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Also known as "mini reviews for books I hated, DNF'd, or was indifferent toward."

My Bookish Thoughts:
As a person who likes psychological thrillers, I thought this would be the perfect read for me. It seemed a mixture of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, and I’ve always enjoyed Amityville Horror, so it seemed like a perfect synthesis! I was all for seeing this awesome concept on paper, but I was severely disappointed.

I wasn’t surprised that this book dealt with some darker themes and actions, but what I was surprised with was the reception of those actions. The MC’s father beats his mother, but he seems to think she deserves it. That’s not okay in my book. Also, there were too many similarities between Amity and Amityville Horror without it being the actual Amityville Horror house. 

I honestly wish this book would have been better. I DNF’d it about  40% in, so take that for what you will.

My Bookish Thoughts:  
So first off, I am all about Edgar Allan Poe and his poem Annabelle Lee, so I figured that this would be nothing short of spectacular and spooky. The perfect Halloween read as I caught up on my ARCs.
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book, but also a lot of things that I really didn’t like. I love all of the implementation and planting of Poe’s works. As a person, who has done an extensive amount of research over him in my undergrad years, my little English major heart fluttered with joy, but what I found I didn’t like about this book, though it was spooky and decently good, I felt that the prose was too stiff. I’ve read stiff prose in pieces that try to reflect the time period, but I normally get into the rhythm of the prose style before too long. This one, I felt like at every turn, I was constantly reminded about its stiffness and less than flowery descriptions that could have added oh so much to the book as a whole.

Overall, I thought the book was okay. A decent piece of fiction, especially for anyone with a love for Edgar Allan Poe.

My Bookish Thoughts:
When I first saw this book on Goodreads, I was so excited! It seemed like a beautiful and interesting concept—one that is not constantly being recycled, so I immediately asked for it on Edelweiss. 

For the most part, it lived up to my expectations. I wasn’t expecting anything particularly grand and exciting, but I was expecting it to be a nice read and a change of pace from the constant world of contemporary books I had been reading at the time. 

For the most part I liked this book, but there were a few things that kept me from really taking off an enjoying it. Gena’s character, though overall decent, was a bit frustrating for me at times. I like my MCs strong in mind, and Gena didn’t always show this. She had trouble taking action and thinking for herself, which always bothers me no matter which book I read. I get that her character is a flawed one, which I honestly appreciate, but I think you can create a flawed character who still knows her mind and acts upon what she thinks.

The plot was good, not great, not exceptional, but by no means was it bad. There’s a lot of action in this book, which I loved, but the ending was a bit too-fast paced. There were a couple times where I had to reread passages because I got lost in what exactly was happening. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but in some places it just screamed 'meh'. It was a nice change of pace for me though, and I give it 3 stars.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

The Meh Chronicles [2]

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Also known as "mini reviews for books I hated or DNF'd"

Over the summer, we have accumulated many books for which we couldn't care less; therefore, we decided that we would just post the mini reviews in the feature we like to call The Meh Chronicles.

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

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