The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey

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The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)

Rick Yancey

Rate: 2.5

I didn’t enjoy the Infinite Sea like I did the 5th Wave. The writing was still great, but the story did not grip me and engage me like the first book did. I think the main thing I did not like was the point of views. I don’t mind stories with various POVs; I just didn’t like the perspectives I received in the Infinite Wave.

**Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead**

POVs

  • Poundcake: Unless Yancey intended to kill off both Poundcake and Evan, there was no reason to provide Poundcake’s POV. Yancey could have left the story of the hotel explosion unknown until Evan rejoined Cassie and the others and told them what happened. Yes, it wouldn’t have been as detailed as Poundcake’s POV, but it would’ve been better than inserting a perspective just to take it away. The perspective added details, but it didn’t further the story.
  • Ringer: Majority, like 90%, of the story was told in Ringer’s POV. Again, the writing was good so her perspective wasn’t dull, but it didn’t entertain me like Cassie and Ben’s perspectives in the first book. Plus, Ringer’s story didn’t seem to be going anywhere. She spent the whole time trying to find the answer to a question I can’t even remember, but never finding it. It felt like she spent the whole book thinking in circles and never coming close to an answer, or at least a way to escape.

Romance

What was Yancey trying to create between Razor and Ringer? Their “romance” didn’t make sense and went against Ringer’s established personality. Ringer is supposed to be cold and stoic, but she falls for a guy whose grandma had a yippie dog? Sorry, does not compute.

Overall, the writing of the Infinite Sea was good, but the content was lacking. Yancey could have explored the 5th Wave universe more than having Ringer attempt to find out if the Others are really aliens and not coming to a definitive conclusion. For the most part, it felt like Yancey wrote the Infinite Sea in hopes that it would be adapted into a movie and so that he could develop the 5th Wave universe more. For example, some of the scenes seemed more action-movie-like than how a regular person would react in that situation. I think that took away from the quality of the story.

Side note: Can we stop having characters use the phrase “the/an infinite sea”? It’s annoying and redundant. I get that it is the title of the book, and I see what you did there, but after the second time, it’s annoying.

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

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The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Rick Yancey

Rate: 4

First of all, the 5th wave is the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to. I don’t think I could have picked a better first book. Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza did an amazing job narrating and bringing the story to life. I liked and enjoyed the telling of the 5th wave more than I liked the movie.

I also enjoyed the multiple perspectives. I don’t think all of them were necessary, but I did like Cassie’s and Ben’s POVs. Through Cassie’s POV, I was able to learn about both the physical and emotional devastation of each wave. Each wave killed millions to billions of people, but each time it also took away a bit of emotional stability and safety. Cassie had to go through life questioning who she could trust, and if life was worth living, if she was all alone, and if keeping a promise was worth all the physical and emotional obstacles she had to face. Through Ben’s POV, I was able to see what it was like to be molded and manipulated by the others and slowly come to the realization that you aren’t on the side of the war you thought you were on. Ben tried his hardest to be Zombie, but he couldn’t kill off all of his Ben mannerisms. I think this is what made it so hard for Ben to accept he had been manipulated by the others: Zombie was an obedient soldier who didn’t want to see fault in his commanding officers, Ben was a teenager who couldn’t deny that things didn’t add up – the technology, the base, the kids – unless they were being controlled by the others.

I could have done without the Cassie-Evan romance. Yes, I fell for parts of it, but I couldn’t get past the predator-prey dynamic of the relationship. You have to be a special type of woman to swoon at being compared to and called a mayfly. Sorry, but I prefer guys to view me as an equal, as human, not some bug to be crushed. But I guess if a woman can fall for and marry a guy who admits to being addicted to her blood and wanting to kill her, a gal can enjoy being the bug to his boot. I guess I’m just weird for wanting something different.

All in all, I enjoyed the 5th wave. However, I think this is, in part, due to the narration; it really brought the story to life. I don’t know if I’d have liked the book as much in my own mental voice. I don’t know if I would have appreciated the different perspectives if I had read the text. Though I can say this experience has made me more open to trying more audiobooks. They won’t replace the pleasure of reading, but I won’t actively avoid them either.

Order of the Wicked – Danielle Paige

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Order of the Wicked (Dorothy Must Die #0.7)

Danielle Paige

Rate: 2

This novella might have been more interesting if it hadn’t been so long since I read a Dorothy Must Die novella or novel. Coming into the story fresh, it was hard for me to decipher who was important and who was not. Namely, I couldn’t figure out if there was a point to me reading Lanadel’s POV – I don’t remember her from the other books. Nox, Mombi, Gert, and Glamora are present, but no new information is given about them to say their stories are fleshed out. No new information is given about the Order either since everything “has to be” shrouded in mystery and secrecy to ensure nothing can be revealed if Dorothy happens to capture and torture an Order member.

If this sounds like a waste of a novella, it is.

Even if Lanadel is an important character, we don’t learn much about her: She joins the Order to avenge her family – Dorothy’s army murdered her parents and her two brothers – but she’s lying to herself as much as the Order is lying to her. Lanadel refuses to admit that her family is dead because, once peaceful, Ozians are turning on one another without being poisoned by Dorothy’s magic. Also, Lanadel refuses to see that she responds to Nox so negatively because he receives affection from the girl she has a thing for. (Lanadel may be gay, but I can’t be 100% sure because she never allows herself to explore her feelings.)

The whole novella becomes moot at the end when Lanadel states that she’s grateful for the training she’s received, but she’s no longer going to work for the Order. This makes all her whining needless because she’s not even going to work with the people she’s been bitching about the whole book. Lanadel claims she’s leaving because of the Order’s secrets, but really she’s leaving because Melindra is being sent to spy on Dorothy’s palace, where her death is almost certain, and Lanadel doesn’t have the courage to tell Melindra how she really feels.

Poetry: The Last Time I’ll Write About You

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The Last Time I’ll Write About You

Dawn Lanuza

Rate: 3

The Last Time I’ll Write About You follows the rise and fall of a relationship from the perspective of a person who has already reached the end of the relationship so even from the very beginning the poems foreshadow the relationship’s demise. Like with any poetry collection, you can’t expect to like every poem in the collection. This is true when it comes to The Last Time I’ll Write About You. There were lines I liked here and there and some poems were better than others, but, for me, the collection wasn’t great poem after great poem. The following are a few lines I enjoyed from The Last Time I’ll Write About You:

“And you ask the world,

Why doesn’t it happen

To someone like you? …

You knew the answer:

It’s because you don’t let it.”

 

“When we parted

I’ve always wondered

How everyone else

Reminded me of you”

 

“Was I a secret not worth sharing

Or

Was I fact not worth telling?”

My Adult Life in Comics (Review)

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Adulthood is a Myth

Sarah Andersen

Rate: 5

I loved these comics. I laughed from the first one to the last one. They were so relatable. Yes, all my clothes have a use limit except my bras. And yes, I hate everyone at school. And yes, my conditioner always runs out faster than my shampoo. And these statements only hint at the very relatable comics in this book.

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The only con to this book is that not everyone can relate to it, which is OK. I’m the introverted, awkward, trying to adult but failing, young adult woman this book is targeting so everything feels like finally meeting a kindred spirit to me. But this book of comics won’t appeal to men and it won’t appeal to women who have their shit together or aren’t as awkward or are extroverted and love people.  And that’s OK. Andersen couldn’t possibly include everyone’s adult experiences in one book. But it was still a hilarious, quick read for me.

End of the Year Shout Out (2016)

End of the Year Shout Out!!!

I know this post is late, but I’m trying to make time to go through my folder and finally publish the unpublished posts that are just sitting there.

The following are some of the great books I read this year. They were so good and there for me when I needed them most that they deserve a shout out. These are by no means all the books I read this year just the ones I rated 4 or more (fabulous) stars.

♦Books with hyperlinked titles go to reviews I wrote for them.

Book

My Rating

Average Rating

 

 

The 5th Wave

4

4.12

Goodreads

Amazon

Existence

(Existence Trilogy #1)

4

3.95

Goodreads

Amazon*

F*ck Love

4

4.15

Goodreads

Amazon

It Ends with Us

4

4.53

Goodreads

Amazon

The Jock and the Fat Chick

4

3.46

Goodreads

Amazon

Predestined

(Existence Trilogy #2)

4

4.10

Goodreads

Amazon

Proposal

(The Mediator #6.5)

4

3.99

Goodreads

Amazon

Queen Song

(Red Queen #0.1)

4

3.71

Goodreads

Amazon

Starstruck

(Starstruck
#1)

4

3.84

Goodreads

Amazon*

Starbound

(Starstruck
#3)

4

4.25

Goodreads

Amazon

Vex

(Celestra
#5)

4

4.09

Goodreads

Amazon

You Are Mine

(Mine #1)

4

3.73

Goodreads

Amazon

I can’t wait for the wonderful books I’ll get to meet this year! What are some the best books you read in 2016? Maybe they’ll end up on my TBR.

Happy New Year!

*Denotes Kindle books that were free as of 1/7/2017

Yeah, It Wasn’t Worth It.

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P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before # 2)

Jenny Han

Rate: 1/DNF

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the reason I started this blog. It was so bad and I wanted to discuss it with someone, but my sister, my go-to book buddy, hadn’t read it yet. Looking back at that review I’m reminded of why I added P.S. I Still Love You to my TBR, but this review is also a reminder of why I was so hesitant to read it. I didn’t have good feelings about this book going into it and it obviously didn’t prove me wrong because I DNF’ed it.

  1. I couldn’t get passed Lara Jean’s voice. To me, she read like an eight-year-old, which is terrible because in the other review I said she sounded like a twelve-year-old. Things aren’t getting any better when it comes to Lara Jean.
  2. I only read the first eight chapters before I could no longer resist the urge to peek at the back to see if it’s worth it. It’s not. Whatever happens Peter and Lara Jean separate, but they get back together in the end and I really have no interest in finding out why they separated.

I tried to give this series another chance, but it didn’t hook me. I’m glad I didn’t spend as much time on it this go around.

The Existence Trilogy By Abbi Glines

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Existence Trilogy

Abbi Glines

Overall Rating Average: 3.5

Existence (#1): 4

Predestined (#2): 4

Leif (#2.5): 3

Ceaseless (#3): 3

What I Liked About the Existence Trilogy

  • Dank-so hot
  • I began reading Existence because I wanted a story similar to Significance. Even though there is no imprinting in this trilogy, Dank could sense Pagan’s feelings like Caleb could sense Maggie’s.
  • Once Pagan stopped toying with Leif (mostly book one), the romance got better and was more enjoyable
  • I Loved Gee and her attitude. She was fun and spunky, but also had a soft side that cared about Pagan.

Things I Disliked About the Existence Trilogy

  • That it was a trilogy. The way the events unfold the trilogy could have been one long book broken into two parts instead of three books.
  • Leif’s novella – There was no point to this book. It did not add to Leif’s story and it didn’t show him moving on from Pagan and living happily ever after.
  • Leif in Book 3- How was he not annihilated for breaking the terms set at the end of Book 2?
  • All of Book 3- The third book was completely unnecessary. It didn’t add to Pagan’s story and just seemed to rehash some of the drama from the first two books. Ceaseless seemed like a “let me write more so I can make more money” kind of book.

Not sure if this trilogy is for you? Get the first book free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I Thought I Would Be More Emotional: It Ends With Us By Colleen Hoover

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It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover

Rate: 4.5

It Ends With Us was good, borderline great, but it wasn’t fantastic. I’m not going to analyze the book or the characters; there are probably many reviews that already do that. I’m just going to (briefly) talk about how It Ends With Us made me feel.

It Ends With Us left me with a heavy heart. It wasn’t dark, but it went through so much. Both the good times and the bad times began piling one atop the other until I felt physically weighted and emotionally unsure of my exact feelings. I just knew that I felt heavy and full (and extremely book hungover), but I couldn’t confidently identify if I was also feeling happy or sad or drained. I was in a gray space of emotion, neither here nor there.

But It Ends With Us isn’t Confess. It wasn’t trying to be Confess, but it didn’t cause me to react like I did with Confess.

It Ends With Us didn’t make me laugh out loud like Confess did.

It didn’t make me cry like Confess did.

And I (probably) won’t read it over and over like I do with Confess.

It Ends With Us is a good read and has a great message (so you should read it), but it didn’t touch me the way I was expecting it to.

Ruler of Beasts – Danielle Paige

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Ruler of Beasts (Dorothy Must Die #0.6)

Danielle Paige

Rate: 2.5

This novella almost got three stars but then the ending happened. But let me go back and start from the beginning.

Ruler of Beasts isn’t as informative as the previous two novellas. Meaning, unlike with Tin and Scarecrow, there is no explicit point where Lion goes from good to wicked. Yes, Glinda uses evil magic on him, but Lion was so bored with “ruling” the Forest of the Beasts that he would have done her bidding without magic. After the interaction with Glinda, Lion spends most of his time eating and sleeping at the Emerald Palace until Ozma invites him on a journey. (Tin, Scarecrow, and Lion are journey/quest/battle junkies since meeting Dorothy.) I actually start to like Lion during this mission, but that doesn’t last long. During the mission, Lion finally starts to show his courage and to think about someone other than himself. However, at the end when Ozma learns Lion is working for Glinda, instead of accepting responsibility for his actions and admitting he is wrong, Lion mentally rants about how Ozma is a terrible person because she won’t accept the good he did do even if it was wrapped in bad. I really dislike people who instead of admitting their faults and mistakes, will blame the other person for not viewing the situation in a way that benefits them. This is how Lion reacts when Ozma, rightfully, stops trusting him because of his betrayal. For me, Lion goes from decent to terrible because of this behavior.

Overall, Rule of Beasts isn’t a novella I wish I had skipped, but it wasn’t very interesting. The novella made me dislike Lion and not in a way where I empathize with him like I did with Tin.

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