I really hate writing negative reviews. The last thing I want to do is hurt someone's feelings, and I know that everyone has different tastes, so a book I love, someone else hates, and visa versa. But, as you all keep coming back here, I guess you might want to know what I thought about these books. So, I thought I'd just lump them together in this post. Here's a few books that weren't for me. Let me know how you felt about them and if I should try again, or ditch them.
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .
Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one attacks her boyfriend—ruining any chance of him taking her to prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient Cloisters the hunters have used for centuries. However, all is not what it seems at the Cloisters. Outside, unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from bone-covered walls that vibrate with terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?
Are you sure about that...?
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.
Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.
I was really excited about this one. I'd been waiting to read it for awhile, and I really like the author a lot (from talking to her on Twitter), so when I was lucky enough to snag the last copy at ALA, I was so happy! Unfortunately it ended up not being the right fit for me.
I'll just start by saying that I'm a little jaded because there was SO much language and sexual content/dialog (although they never actually had sex) in this book that I just thought it was too much. So, it's definitely not my kind of book. Here's what I wrote while reading it:
-I love the idea behind this book. Very interesting premise.
-The two characters' voices sound exactly the same (one chapter is from Frannie's pov, then the next is from Luc's)
-"Whatever" seems to be Frannie's only comeback. She doesn't seem too smart.
-Use of the word "Hell" is getting cheesy because it's so overused (because he's a demon from Hell, it is supposed to be a play on words or something)
-They're all over each other in a matter of five minutes.
-Why is he so attracted to her, there's nothing interesting about her?
-At first she's supposed to be so confident, then she acts so insecure.
-Sometimes it seems like authors focus so much on making the boy in the story sexy and attractive that they forget about making the girl someone that the guy would even be attracted to. What's attractive about Frannie (besides her body)?
-There's so many boys she's semi-interested in or making out with that I can't keep track.
-Story of Redemption, love conquers all.-The storyline is good and interesting, but it's overshadowed with the language and sexual dialog.
-Satisfying ending. Nice to have a book that doesn't end in a cliffhanger.
-There are parts of this that were good, it had a lot of potential, I just didn't feel like it was right for me.
I actually did think the overall storyline was a good idea. I just felt like the book came off kind of romance-novel-trashy. Some may not mind this, and may love it (I've read many reviews from people who did), but it just wasn't for me. :(
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312649916
- ISBN-13: 978-0312649913
Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.
It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.
Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.
I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.
But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.
I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me...
Is it possible to love a book and hate a book? This was a book that I was dying to read. The idea behind it seemed so original and exciting. I loved the beginning. It was exciting and Rhode was.....just.....mmmmm.....
But then there was the middle, which I would say was about 3/4 of the book. UGH! I did not pick up this book to read about a stupid high school drama about another girl who was hated by the popular evil girl because she was so hot. I mean, talk about disappointing and cliche, and so boring! The whole thing was set a prestigious boarding school (never heard that before) which just meant that the "high schoolers" were more like college students, who got to basically run around and do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted with no supervision (including co-ed sleepovers....). Then there was the human guy, whatever his name was. I have NEVER been so thoroughly uninterested in the "love interest" in my entire life of reading. What exactly was so attractive about him? Oh, yeah......I forgot, he was hot......and he leaned against a wall with his hands in his pockets. How could I not think he was amazing? Almost every review I've read has said, "I wish Rhode had been in it more", or "I loved Rhode"....no one said that about what's-his-name hot guy. That should tell you something!
Then there was the end. I LOVED it! I was completely captivated again, and all I kept thinking was, why couldn't the whole book be this interesting and exciting? I can't go into details about it because it would be a major spoiler, but it almost seemed like the middle and end of the story were written by two totally different people.
So, I don't really know if I would recommend this or not. Maybe if you go into it knowing what to expect, you won't be so disappointed.
Sorry, folks! If you loved these books, feel free to leave comments telling everyone why! I know there are lots of people who do!