Google+ Reading Teen: A few I didn't care for...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A few I didn't care for...

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061490040
ISBN-13: 978-0061490040

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.

I love fantasy, and while everyone else rolled their eyes when I told them I was reading a book about killer unicorns, I went into it with an open mind. And while yes, it was kind of cheesy, it wasn't the killer unicorns that stopped me from reading this book. If, after getting half way through the book, there had been a lot of unicorn slaying, and deadly unicorn action, I might have actually liked it. But, let me just say, if I ever hear the word "virgin" again I might throw up. No, I'm not against virgins...haha! It's just that the whole fist half of the book is so consumed with NOT having sex that "not having sex" seemed to be all it talked about. That and the endless history of the vestal virgins and the goddess Diana etc, etc. I did try to read this book awhile ago, and got a fourth of the way through and put it down out of annoyance. But I picked it up again, because someone I really like recommended it. However, after getting half way through, I've finally decided this isn't the book for me. Sorry :(

Personal DemonsReading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765328089
ISBN-13: 978-0765328083

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.  :(

    Infinite Days (Vampire Queen)
  • 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

"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than one."

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" 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!


  1. Thanks for these honest reviews!!! I haven't read Personal Demons or Rampant yet, but I have read Infinite Days. I really liked it but I completely get what you're saying! I also hate writing negative reviews- they make me feel bad,lol.

  2. I felt the exact same way about Personal Demons so I'm finally glad to see I'm not alone. It seemed like all Frannie cared about was having a boy to hook up with.

    I loved Infinite Days. I couldn't stand Justin though. I was one of those loved Rhode. :D

  3. Stop saying sorry girl! you have nothing to be sorry for, you are entitled to your opinion last time i checked, Don't see you criticizing much on the blog so this was a welcomed change,very insightful ill definitely be doing more browsing on these books before i pick them up, thanks! :)

  4. Thanks for the comments, guys, I feel a little better. My stomach was seriously in knots posting it. But, I feel like people won't believe me when I say I love a book, if I don't every say I don't love a book. Does that make sense?

    JUSTIN!! That was his name! UGH, wasn't he a troll?

    Kami Garcia just told me that she LOVED Rampant, that it was one of her favorite books. It's crazy how different everyone's tastes can be!

  5. Blueicegal hahaha, ok, I will no longer apologize....maybe! You should read Abigaile's reviews on Tuesdays...she rips people a new one all the time! :)

  6. I haven't read the other two (and am not particularly interested in doing so...) but I didn't like Personal Demons either. It wasn't... bas, per se, but it definitely wasn't great...

  7. Ashley, yes! Exactly! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great!

  8. I didn't read Rampant, but Personal Demons is one of my favorite books of the year and I really liked Infinite Days. I think I'm the only one who liked Justin, though.

  9. I really enjoyed RAMPANT and PERSONAL DEMONS, but I couldn't get into INFINITE DAYS. I didn't get the appeal of the hot love interest... and, for some reason, Rhode didn't really appeal to me that much either.

  10. haha, Julie, looks like you and I are opposites! You should read Rampant, you'll probably love it!! :)

    Sarah, I think I just like how mysterious Rhode he was willing to give his life for her.

  11. I haven't read Personal Demons or Infinite Days yet, but I wasn't a fan of Rampant either. I thought the idea was really unique but only managed to get through a couple of pages before I gave up.

  12. Oh my, Personal Demons was SUCH a disappointment for me. Frannie was sooooo slutty and Luc was merely lucwarm...

  13. I was the one who told you to read Rampant!!! Sorry about that. =)

  14. I prefer to read honest reviews than have people lie about what they have read. That being said, I find myself writing a lot of positive reviews on my own blog frankly because if I don't enjoy a book by page 50 I stop reading it. I don't have time to waste trying to read something I don't like. If I do finish it and didn't like it, I will say so though. I know it's hard as you always want to be positive and you don't want authors to feel bad about their work, but integrity is important as well. And I find I can usually find something positive to say about a novel too.

  15. I love Infinite Days, though I am definitely for Rhode! I know he's in #2 more. I agree with the not-loving Justin. I liked her friend more than him. (I can't remember his name right now.)

    I tried Personal Demons and made it maybe 35 pages. Not for me! No thanks on the campy. I, too, was excited for Rampant and didn't like it much.

    You had great opinions and expressed them well! :)

  16. I'm sorry you didn't like Personal Demons and Infinite Days! I do agree about the "hell" thing though -- it was amusing the first few times (I'm a sucker for a pun) but after a while it became too much. And YES Rhode!!!

  17. I think it's perfectly okay to write review stating that it wasn't to your taste, sometimes books just aren't for everyone. Honesty in a review is always best. Also, as long as it isn't BASHING the book I can't see how an author would get upset... constructive criticism is always welcome from what I can tell.

    I actually enjoyed reading this post and you had valid reasons for your thoughts. :)

  18. You guys are so encouraging!! Thanks so much! I do think that I will read the next Infinite Days book. I'm hoping (because of the way that it ended) that it will be more of what I liked and less of what I didn't. And if Rhode is in it, well....... :D

  19. LIV~
    No worries!!! I still love ya! It happens. Did you review it? Maybe I'll put a link to your review!

  20. Two of the books I was looking forward to reading are here: Infinite Days and Personal Demons that has just been released here in Brazil... :(
    But I think I'll read them anyway but with less expectation...


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