Saturday, January 7, 2012

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

If you adored this book, don't read this review because I have NOTHING good to say about it.
This. Book. Sucked. Butt.
Anyways. On to the review.

(From Goodreads
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

 Characters: I have tried writing about the characters in a way that would make me not sound like an annoying ignorant teenager. I have deleted many a paragraphs because I wanted to sound somewhat intelligent and not like a blabbering idiot. But I have come to the conclusion that I cannot write a review on this book without sounding like I have lost some sense. I cannot not rant about the ill contrived characters present in this novel. It is physically, mentally, and spiritually impossible for me to do. So I am going make a list of great literary works and philosophical theories. I do this with the hope that reading the list before you read the rest of my review will counteract the intelligence--well, lack thereof-- present in the following paragraphs. Proceed with caution. 
  • Aristotle's Allegory of the Cave
  • Man's Inhumanity to Man
  • Frankenstein's monster is in actuality a reflection of Frankenstien's fears
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Archetypes that cycle in literature of our generation.
  • Existentialism
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
Okay, so...characters.
    Calla was a lame excuse for an alpha. She was incredibly weak and had zero backbone. Her pack mates would just talk back to her and defy her and she wouldn't do ANYTHING! My goodness girl! The reader comes into the book thinking Calla will be very assertive and head strong, but, alas, she is not. Her pack blatantly defies her and she is a poor excuse of a leader. Calla also acted a bit...hoeish. She would just flip-flop between Ren and Shay and let both of them do practically whatever they wanted. She would spend time making out with Ren and then be all over Shay in a second. And let me not get started on Shay. Shay acted like an idiot. He risked Calla's life so many times and had the nerve to tell Calla he loved her. When Calla says, "If I read that book, I will DIE," (paraphrased of course) Shay just offers her a "sheepish grin" and says "Aren't you curious?" Dude, I'm curious to see what happens when somebody actually wakes up a grizzly bear from hibernation but you don't see me splashing water on its face. He knew Calla for less than a year and he was trying to break up a marriage that was arranged for over 16 years. The boy is an idiot. Now Ren. Ren was very typical and predictable. He was the bad boy who ended up being insecure and a big softie. I was not a huge fan of his, but he was wayyy better than Shay. Bryn, Calla's bestfriend, was not much of a bestfriend. She wasn't really there the majority of the book. I also thought the romance between Bryn and Ansel, Calla's brother, was not put together well. They make out once and then they are in love. I thought Ansel was a bit too sweet and "funny". He is16 years old, not 10. So to sum everything up, none of the characters seemed real or believable.

    Plot: ...There was a plot? Oh, unless you count Calla's flip-flopping between guys to be a legitimate plot, then there wasn't one. Okay though, seriously? There was a semblance of a plot in the last 50ish pages but it was very sloppily put together. This was the kind of plot where the characters were just asking to get caught. Boo.

    Writing Style: Hated it. Cremer tended to sound like a teenager. An annoying, whiny, hoeish one. Cremer also barely explained herself. In the very first scene of the book, Calla shifts from a wolf to a human in front of a human boy. The boy is stunned and I assumed it was a mixture of shock from seeing a wolf change into a girl and the fact that she was naked. It took the book 75 pages to explain that when a guardian/wolf shifted forms, their clothes did not, in fact, rip off. The Guardian-Keeper-Searcher relationship did not mesh for me and actually left me feeling a bit confused. The history of the Guardians was not put together very well and was very very boring. I did not think this Nightshade needed to be as long as it was. Some parts of the book were unnecessary and did not aid in further developing the story. All in all, this book felt messily put together.

    Verdict: 1/5 stars. I never want to hate books. But I really despised this one. I will NOT be reading Wolfsbane. I don't want to write another scathing review on it.

    P.S.Who else dislikes the new cover of Nightshade and Wolfsbane? It looks very cheap :/. But I do like how I can tell the same model was used on each cover.

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Yay! A Video!

    This week was crazy busy! I hope to get back on track soon!

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011


    It's been about two weeks since I last made a post. All I have to say is school. School school school. School. I have gotten some good books and whatnot and I even recorded TWO videos but I just have no time to edit them and upload them and all that jazz. I hope to get back on track soon. I miss making reviews for my three followers. Seriously though, by the end of this week I WILL have posted something book related on this bloggity blog. Promise!

    I heard cute puppies make everything better. 

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Very Very Sad News.

    I just found out today that one of the best series ever is going to be discontinued. It is The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. If you read my review on The Monstrumologist, you know how much I loved it. It was amazing and gory and jaw dropping Fellow blogger Stephanie Oakes from Stephanie Reads is trying to get people to maybe persuade Simon and Schuster to stop them from discontinuing this wonderful series. All you have to do is email Simon and Schuster. Stephanie even pre-made a statement for everyone (more info and links here at Stephanie's blog)! AND if you email them, you can enter to win a signed, personalized set of The Monstrumologist provided by the Rick Yancey himself! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, HELP SAVE The Monstrumologist! Even if you have not read the series, I think you should support Rick Yancey. Make a blog post to show your support!!!

    Another Book Haul!

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Book Review: Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler

    (From Goodreads)

    It starts with a phone call. “I’m dying,” a voice tells Dusty. Who is he and how has he gotten her cell number? Dusty wants no part of this strange boy . . . until he begins saying things that only someone who knows her intimately could say—things that lead her to think he knows the whereabouts of her brother, who disappeared over a year ago. Suddenly drawn in, Dusty very much wants to save this boy. Trouble is, she cannot find him. Part human, part spirit, he won’t let himself be found. He is too dangerous, he says. There are mobs of people who agree and who want to see this boy dead . . . and who will hurt anyone who stands in their way.
    A gripping, hair-raising mystery about a boy not of this world, and a girl determined to protect him.

    Characters: At first, I really loved the characters. I loved the mystery of the spirit/human boy and wanted to know more about him. Reading about the broken family felt so real. Dusty's dad was on the verge of a meltdown, what with her brother leaving two years prior and her mother following in this footsteps. He was a very fragile guy and watching him fall apart was heartbreaking. And because everyone in his life was abandoning him, he didn't keep Dusty on a short leash, with the fear of losing her if he was too strict. What I didn't like was how Dusty just played her father. She did whatever she wanted and her dad barely objected because he was so weak. Dusty was very stubborn and ALWAYS challenged authority. She had her father eating out of the palm of her hand! I don't know if the author meant for her to come across this way but she did and I didn't like it one bit. Her father was passive and Dusty just stomped all over him and she didn't seem to care. (There is even a point in the book where someone has just recently vandalized their home and Dusty's dad says that they should not stay home for safety reason. Dust just says, "No dad. We are staying home. You're going to work tomorrow and I am going to school." Her dad's response? "Maybe." Dude! Grow some cojones and stop being so scared of your daughter! Be firm with her because in the end, you were right. She almost died because she went to school!

    Plot: The plot was kinda interesting but HECKA CONFUSING! There are times in the book were you think you know what's going on but you really really don't. I didn't understand a lot of it and many things were left unexplained. What was the point of ghost/spirit/human guy? Why does he exist? How did he become what he is? I guess we will never know.

    Writing Style: The first 100 pages drew me in completely! It was very interesting and wonderfully written. I could really imagine the book as a movie that I would love to see. After that, everything starts to go down hill. Dusty and Spirit Boy start speaking in riddles that NOBODY can decipher there are times that I read a full page and had no idea what was going on but didn't have the energy to go back and read it again. I think the author did a poor job of constructing this world for the readers. I just could not picture this town in my mind whatsoever. It was all just very bland.

    Verdict: 1.5/ 5 stars. The only thing that gave this book that half star was the first 100 pages. I was extremely let down by this one. I guess it just wasn't for me :(