Dark Side of the Rainbow By Danielle Paige

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Dark Side of the Rainbow (Dorothy must Die #0.8)

Danielle Paige

Rate: 1.5

You’re likely to DNF this novella. I’m just being honest. I probably would have if it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve been following this series so closely and wanted to provide a more informed review of the novella. The main problem I had with Dark Side of the Rainbow is how drawn out, dry, and boring it is. The story doesn’t get interesting until the last 10-15 pages, which means the story is about 75% filler.

Dark Side of the Rainbow tells the story of Dorothy’s interaction with Polychrome and how Rainbow Falls became a hidden kingdom in the sky. Like every other novella where Dorothy tries to interact with someone, she shows up and fucks shit up. In Dark Side of the Rainbow, Dorothy travels to Rainbow Falls with the intention of learning how to use fairy magic from Polychrome, but when Polly refuses to teach Dorothy, Dorothy decides that she will not tolerate any disobedience and decides she will destroy Rainbow Falls and kill Polychrome. But Dorothy underestimates Polly and is shown the door, even though Rainbow Falls has sustained substantial damage.

I’m really making this novella sound more exciting than it actually is.

Even with the showdown between Dorothy and Polly and a sort of explanation as to why Rainbow Falls is hidden in the sky, I’m still left with some questions:

Who the hell is Bright? And where the hell did he come from?

Paige gives Polly a love interest with no background as to who he is, where his from, or what his intentions are. To make matters worse, Bright appears and disappears from Polly’s life at will, which is very suspicious. Like, where is he going? And why does he keep coming back? WHAT ARE HIS INTENTIONS?

Overall, Dark Side of the Rainbow is a strong pass. This whole series is turning out to be a strong pass.  wlEmoticon-rainbow.png

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Perfect Betrayal By Season Vining

Perfect Betrayal

Season Vining

Rate: 1.5

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It took me three weeks to finish Perfect Betrayal. To some, this may seem like a little or short amount of time (just chock it up to life getting in the way). To others, it may seem like a long time (like what was I doing this whole time). For me, three weeks raises the question: why did I keep trying? This means that I’ve had time to read other books, live life, and binge watch movies on Netflix and yet I still couldn’t finish this book. This book should have been a DNF, but I didn’t want to DNF it. I don’t want to become a serial DNF’er. The problem is Perfect Betrayal didn’t give me a reason to want to pick it up and read it. It practically encouraged me to do other things.

Anyway, let me stop making excuses for why it took me so long to finish reading Perfect Betrayal and review it.

What I Liked About Perfect Betrayal

Character development (sort of): Throughout most of the story, Taylor is simply a rich girl with absentee parents who complains about how fake her life is and how shallow her friends are, but does nothing to rectify it. Most of the story is Taylor hanging out with her fake, shallow friends and trying to seduce Levi. However, towards the end, Taylor shows some improvement when she helps a girl increase her reading level. Or maybe that’s not Taylor showing development; maybe I’m biased. I’ve done a few programs similar to the one Taylor does in the book so I commend anyone who takes the time to help someone whether it’s reading or something else. So maybe Taylor improved as a person or maybe I’m just trying to find a redeeming quality in the book.

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The Pretty App By Katie Sise

The Pretty App (App #2)

Katie Sise

Rate: 1.75 (Part 1 = 1; Part 2 = 2.5)

Another disappointment by Katie Sise.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you should read my review of The Boyfriend App.  The difference is The Pretty App follows Blake, Audrey’s ex-best friend.  Similar to how the first book focuses on romance, his second book centers on physical beauty.  However, the second book is much worse since it focuses on such a shallow topic.  The whole book seems like Blake is throwing a pity party for herself and I’m interested in attending.  Towards the end, Blake tries to become a well-rounded person, but majority of the time it seems like she’s pretending. Plus, it was difficult making it that far in the book.

Part One: In the first part of the book, Blake engages in mean-girl-like activities and tries to justify them by saying that she didn’t really want to say or do those things, but she wanted to be popular and powerful. It infuriated me. I hate bullies and for Blake to try to excuse her and her friends’ behavior so she could follow in her sister’s footsteps was disgusting. Blake went back and forth between bullying people and lamenting that the only thing she had going for her was her parents’ wealth and her physical beauty. Blake made me sick, but I kept reading because I wanted to see want happened with the pretty app and the contest.

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Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound

Rosamund Hodge

Rate: 1.75

I’m just going to leave that there for a minute.

One minute.

Two minutes.

Three minutes.

Ok, I’ll start now.

This book was an absolute disappointment. I expected to like Crimson Bound since I loved Hodge’s Cruel Beauty, but no such luck. I don’t understand how Hodge can create an amazing retelling like Cruel Beauty, but each subsequent retelling (Gilded Ashes then Crimson Bound) be lesser in quality than the previous one. I understand that Crimson Bound is not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe so I shouldn’t be comparing them too harshly, but the overall quality of the story shouldn’t change so drastically from one retelling to another. I had picked up Crimson Bound simply because I had enjoyed Cruel Beauty so much. I now see the error of my actions and may need to reevaluate how I pick books.

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An Abundance of Love Triangles

The fact that Epic Reads blogged about love triangles proves my point that love triangles are becoming too common in YA books. Often times the love triangle (or other shape) is not necessary and just causes a lot of frustration in the reader. I know more often than not it bothers me. But I’m not going to make this a rant about love triangles. I’ll do that in the next review I write where there’s a love shape present. I just wanted to highlight that love triangles are becoming a prominent (and annoying) part of YA books.

The Paris Mysteries – James Patterson

The Paris Mysteries (Confessions #3)

James Patterson

Rate: 2 (just barely)

For majority of the book, this story was a bust. It wasn’t until the end that it was able to slightly redeem itself and earn a 2 star rating instead of a 1 or 1.5. This book is nothing like the last two. The first one was good, the second one had too much going on, and this one couldn’t figure out what it wanted to do. It’s sad when a series gets worst over time instead of better.

The following are the notes I took while reading the book so you can see my blow-by-blow reaction to the story:

First Chapter: The first chapter in this book recounts the last chapter in the second book. It’s useful for those who haven’t read the second book in a while and need a refresher. However, it’s irritating to me since I’m reading the third book right after finishing the second one. The same events are happening, but now there’s a difference in the focus of the narrative which changes the tone of the story.

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If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan

If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan

Rate: 2

I had one main problem with this book: Sahar, the protagonist, seemed to be mocking transsexuality. The problem arises when Nasrin, Sahar’s best friend, gets engaged and Sahar and Nasrin are forced to face reality and end their secret relationship. The situation becomes complicated because homosexuality is seen as illegal and distasteful in Tehran, but transsexuality is only seen as distasteful so Sahar decides she’ll become a man so she can stop Nasrin’s wedding and ride off into the sunset with her. In a movie, this may come across as romantic albeit overly idealistic, but in the book, it comes across as insensitive. People shouldn’t change their sex for such a trivial matter like the “love of their life.” If a person truly loved another, that person would either accept the second as he/she is, run away with the person, or let the person go and see him/her as a love lost. Furthermore, going from one sex to another isn’t a procedure that Sahar would’ve been able to do before Nasrin’s wedding so she should’ve rejected the idea quickly. The way Sahar went on and on about changing her sex for the wrong reasons and not accepting her homosexual status is the main reason I disliked this story.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Jenny Han

Rate: 1/5

Concepts That Made Me Hate This Book

“If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms. My letters set me free.”

There is a page that occurs before the novel starts. It’s not a prologue and I guess it’s suppose to set the tone of the novel, but it does not. From this page, you’d think that the focus of the novel would be on these letters and the repercussions, but nope, there are only brief mentions of these letters, which leads me to my next point.

It took seven chapters to mention the love letters, thirteen to see a partial one, and sixteen chapters to see a full letter. For a story that’s suppose to be about a girl’s life after her secret love letters are revealed, what’s with all the fluff? Jenny Han didn’t spend her time creating a foundation for the eventual problems, she was simply filling pages. I hate reading a book that takes forever to get to the point.

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