Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1) by Michelle Madow

book cover of The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Title: The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Author: Michelle Madow
Release date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Pages: 382
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Reading level: YA

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

I really had high hopes for The Secret Diamond Sisters. The premise was awesome and I had heard pretty good things about Michelle Madow’s previous series. Surprisingly enough, there were very few things I actually liked about The Secret Diamond Sisters.
The characters were the worst I’ve read about in quite some time. All three of the sisters were horrible. They were all severely flawed and I couldn’t get past their flaws. Savannah was horribly naïve and oblivious. All she cared about was money, boys, and clothes. Courtney was too perfect to be true. She was smart, funny, and kind. The perfect daughter, by all accounts. Then there was Peyton, the smart mouthed, bitchy daughter who did everything she could to piss off her dad. I hated all three of them. And then, once the guys enter the picture, things got even worse. I don’t even want to get into that though.
There was some sort of mystery regarding why Adrian sent the girls away but sadly that mystery was not solved in the course of the first book in this series. I’m really curious what the mystery is but not curious enough to continue with this series. I have no idea why it wasn’t revealed in this book but I guess that wouldn’t leave much to draw readers to the next book.
The romances were all cheesy and predictable. There was no chemistry between any of the couples. Savannah pretty much just threw herself at Damon and he pretended to like her so he could hook up with her. Peyton slept with someone on the first night and then was heartbroken when he didn’t want anything to do with her. Courtney fell for her soon to be stepbrother and made that pretty public. All of the “relationships” were fake and everyone seemed to have an ulterior motive.
Overall, The Secret Diamond Sisters is one that I would recommend passing on. This book had almost no redeeming qualities and I won’t be continuing with this series.
What others are saying about The Secret Diamond Sisters:
Miss Literati’s review: “I am looking forward to the sequel, since the last book left off with a month of summer vacation and a whole school year left.”

Once Upon A Twilight’s review: The Secret Diamond Sisters are sure to find themselves in much more drama in Michelle Madow’s next book Diamonds in the Rough.” 

Bookish’s review: Overall, I enjoyed The Secret Diamond sisters.” 

Series:
The Secret Diamond Sisters (#1)
Diamons in the Rough (#2)
Untitled (#3)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Darkest Fear (Birthright #1) by Cate Tiernan

book cover of Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan

Title: Darkest Fear (Birthright #1)
Author: Cate Tiernan
Release date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss
Reading level: YA

Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.

Darkest Fear is the first book I’ve read by Cate Tiernan and I was supremely disappointed by it.  Maybe my expectations were just too high but I found myself not wanting to read this one at all.  I’m honestly amazed that I managed to finish it.

My biggest issue with Darkest Fear was with the shape shifting.  I’ve never been a fan of books about people who shape shift.  It’s weird.  However, most of the time I can get past that.  Not with this book though.  The really weird thing was that Cate Tiernan continued to tell the story even when Vivi had shifted in a jaguar.  She just changed the style of writing so readers can tell the shift.  When Vivi’s a jaguar, her thoughts are disjointed and run together.  Nothing really makes sense and I found those sections of the book to be pointless.  It just added to the weirdness.

Also, I didn’t really like Vivi.  She was selfish, whiny, and annoying.  She didn’t want to be Haguari and so she pushed away everything to do with it, including her parents.  She was a bitch to them, right up until their deaths.  Then she felt bad, when it was too little, too late.  Yet shortly after their deaths she finds herself living in a house full of Haguaris, not pushing them away.  She was also very much a crybaby.  She cried way too much for me.  I wanted to slap her many times.  Then there’s her completely superficial attraction to Rafe.  He may be described as hot but that’s all he has going for him.  He has no personality and way too many secrets.  All these secrets were hinted at but not a single one was addressed.

The ending was the only thing I liked.  The book dragged until the end when things finally picked up.  It was fast-paced and unexpected.  The cliffhanger ending was not unexpected though.  It’s the only thing that’s going to get readers to want to read the second book.
Overall, Darkest Fear is a book I highly recommend skipping.  There are too few good things about it so don’t waste your time.
What others are saying about Darkest Fear:
Books Live Forever’s review: “Darkest Fear was a pretty good book, it might not have wowed me like I was hoping for, but I loved the Jaguar shifting and the mystery, and look forward the next one.”
Book Lover’s Life’s review: “All in all a solid start.” 
A Book Obsession’s review: “DARKEST FEAR had an interesting premise, therefore giving it a lot of potential. Unfortunately that potential never seemed to go past that initial stage of interest as I kept waiting for things to take off.” 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blaze (or love in the time of supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

book cover of Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Title: Blaze (or love in the time of supervillains)
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Release date: February 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Reading level: YA

Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines.

All she wants is for Mark the Soccer Stud to notice her. Not as Josh’s weird sister who drives a turd-brown minivan. And not as that nerdy girl who draws comics.

What she gets is her very own arch-nemesis.

Name: Mark Deninger, aka Mark the Shark
Occupation: Soccer star and all-around lady killer
Relationship Status: Serial dater
Group Affiliation: No loyalty
Known Superpowers: Anti-girlfriend force field, breaking hearts

Mark may have humiliated Blaze supervillian-style, but what he doesn’t know is how geek girls always get revenge.

#GeekGrlzRevenge

Blaze caught my eye with that awesome cover and title.  I had a lot of hopes for it and I’m sad to say that I was majorly let down.  In this case there were way more things I dislike about this book than things I liked.
I’ll start with the good stuff since like I said, there’s less of it.  First off, I found the comic book references really fun.  I’m a huge fan of comic books and I definitely understood Blaze’s love for them.  Also, with all the Marvel comic movies coming out, a lot of the other comics have been overlooked but Laurie Boyle Crompton didn’t leave any out.  There was a great mix of lesser known comics and the super popular ones that everyone knows about.
I also really loved the gang of soccer cretins as Blaze called them.  The group consisted of Blaze’s little brother Josh and a few of his friends.  Admittedly they were a little pervy but their good qualities definitely outweighed their flaws.  They were funny, kind, and really, Blaze’s only true friends.  They cracked me up with their antics but I definitely wouldn’t have minded having them around more.
The rest of the book just flopped, at least for me.  The characters were all pretty bad but Blaze was by far the worst.  She was very immature and naive.  She did so many stupid things (like sex without a condom?) and she blamed others for her own mistakes.  She did not have any redeeming qualities and I just wanted to reach into the book and slap some sense into her.  As for her friends, who needs enemies when your supposed friends act like Blaze’s?  They were catty and stupid and just plain mean in some cases.  And what’s worse is that nothing was ever resolved between them.  And then there’s Mark.  There was nothing cute about Mark.  He was dumb, cruel, and a major playboy.  Sure he may have been attractive but Blaze just completely overlooked every one of his flaws because of his hotness.
The content was very mature.  I really didn’t expect that when I started Blaze but be warned.  There is tons of talk of sex, as well as the act of it.  There was also cursing and just tons of other stuff that’s not really appropriate for younger YA readers.  And what’s worse is that a lot of the time I felt like it was thrown in for the shock factor rather than out of necessity.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend Blaze but if you do still feel like picking it up, check it out from the library.  Don’t waste your money on this one.

Looking for more reviews of Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton?
Maji Bookshelf’s review
The YA Kitten’s review
Waiting for Wentworth’s review

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

book cover of Breathe by Abbi Glines

Title: Breathe (Sea Breeze #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Release date: May 17, 2011
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Pages: 166
Source: Bought
Reading level: New Adult

Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)

Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

Abbi Glines is one self-published author I knew I had to check out. Everyone raves about her books, Simon Pulse picked up some of them, and they’re contemporary. I figured I’d join the majority and she’d have another fan. Sadly that was so not the case.

Breathe is one of the most terribly written books I have ever read. The writing was horrendous. Everything was “he said, she said, he did, she did” and pretty much no description. It was similar to stuff I read in middle school when I was critiquing other classmates work. Also, who doesn’t use contractions? I got so annoyed with this book because there were almost no contractions! People don’t say “do not, can not, will not” they say “don’t, can’t, won’t.” I spent the whole time reading fixing words in my head because I couldn’t read it as they were written.

Then there’s the dialogue. Holy crap. Breathe has some of the cheesiest dialogue I have ever read and this is coming from a hardcore romance fan. I had to stop myself from laughing out loud at how Sadie and Jax talked to each other. No teenage guy talks to a girl like that! And I didn’t even find it romantic, I found it hilarious.

As for the characters themselves, they were all too perfect. Jax, Sadie, Marcus, Ms. Mary, Mr. Greg, Preston, none of them had any flaws! Sadie was made out to be this innocent, naïve, girl and I guess it was true but it seemed a little fake to me. She also went around acting like she wasn’t pretty and all the guys were all over her. It seemed like she was begging for compliments every time she would tell Jax or Marcus that she wasn’t really that pretty. Jax was this big rock star but he didn’t have a famous bone in his body. He was just a normal guy trying to get by. Yeah right. He was way too perfect to ever exist in real life.

The story was kind of nonexistent. It was all just about Jax and Sadie’s romance and then there was some turmoil thrown in at the end for good measure. Can’t have things be too easy you know. Everything about this book was just really dull and that goes for the story as well.

Overall, I don’t recommend Breathe at all. I had to force myself to get through it and after reading it I feel like I wasted a few hours of my time. I may try another of Abbi Glines’ books before I give up but I will definitely be going in with low expectations.

Looking for more reviews of Breathe?
Sliced Open Reviews’ review
Infected Loser’s review

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

book cover of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Atria
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Beautiful Disaster is one of those books that it seems everyone either loves or hates. I am sad to say that I was not one of the ones who loved it. In fact, it’s one of the lowest rated books I’ve ever reviewed here on the blog.

Honestly, there is only one thing I liked about Beautiful Disaster and it was the writing. It wasn’t spectacularly well written or anything like that but the writing really sped up the book. This is one the few books I’ve really disliked that I’ve been able to read in less than a day. Normally if I don’t like a book I just stop reading and it takes me forever to get through it. It was the exact opposite with Beautiful Disaster. I could not put the book down. It’s kind of like with a train wreck: you know it’s going to be bad but you just can’t look away. That is basically exactly how I feel about Beautiful Disaster.

Let’s start with Travis, the super sexy bad boy that everyone seems to love. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Travis is scary. Literally if I met him I would be scared of him. He’s mean, he’s a bit of a drunk, he’s hot-headed and short-tempered, he’s brutish, and above all he’s just an asshole. There is not a single thing about Travis that I liked. He acted like he owned Abby even when they were supposedly just friends. He beat the crap out of people when they said one wrong word to Abby. He tormented her when she finally found a guy she might want to date. And on top of that he was a clingy, needy guy who couldn’t live without Abby. He CRIED at one point when she left him because he was being a stupid jerk. I am perfectly okay with guys crying but this was just taking it to the extreme. He was 100% bad news!

As for Abby, she wasn’t a whole lot better. In fact, I may have disliked her more than I disliked Travis because she was the one stupid enough to let him get away with all the crap he did to her. She starts off the book saying she’d never fall for a guy like Travis and tries her hardest to stay away from him and make him not want her. Oh and her way of making him not want her is to dress in ratty sweats and a t-shirt with no makeup and flip flops. Umm hello, that’s how I dress a lot of the time and I like to think that a guy could still find me attractive dressed like that. That whole thing just didn’t make sense to me. You can only be attractive to a guy when you’re dressed pretty and covered in makeup? Then there’s the whole thing with the bet and her having to live with Travis and sleep in his bed. Okay not so bad, right? Wrong! As soon as she moves in she lets Travis dictate what she does, what she wears, who she hangs out with. She lets him run her life. And as mentioned above when he beats the crap out of people for talking bad about her? She encourages him! What the heck? Why would you encourage your boyfriend to beat someone bloody in the middle of the cafeteria? I’m pretty sure there’s a line between defending someone’s honor and being a psychopath and Travis crossed that line. Really I could go on and on about the stupid things Abby let Travis do and the stupid things that she did herself but I’m going to stop before this review turns more into a book.

As for their whole relationship, I just didn’t get it. Travis sleeps with girl after girl and then just decides Abby is the one that he should settle down with? There is no explanation anywhere in the book about what makes her so special. Not once does Travis tell her why exactly he loves her and not all the other billions of girls that he’s slept with. At one point Abby has a chance for a healthy relationship with a great guy and she pretty much treats him like shit. She blows him off to hang out with Travis and then at one point she calls him from Travis’ phone right after he drops her off from a date to tell him that she’s in love with Travis. After spending tons of time denying that to him. Is that really the best way to break it to him? It was a pretty bitchy move. Everything about their relationship is just really unhealthy for them both and they know it but they stay together anyway. They are not good for each other and it’s clear from the very beginning.

Oh and my biggest peeve with this book (which may seem minor to you guys but I couldn’t stand it) was the fact that Travis nicknamed Abby “Pidgeon” or “Pidge” for short and then gave no explanation why! Seriously, what kind of nickname is that? If my boyfriend ever called me that I would probably laugh in his face and tell him to shut the hell up. It was seriously like Travis didn’t even know what her real name was because all he ever called her was Pidgeon or Pidge. It got old really fast and I kind of wanted to just stop paying attention to the story and instead just count how many times he called her that. (If you’ve read 50 Shades, it’s kind of like Ana with her “inner goddess” crap.)

Overall, I really did not like Beautiful Disaster. I don’t recommend it for anyone and I highly suggest you don’t waste your money on this one.

Looking for more reviews?
Dear Author’s review
The Cait Files’ review

Series:
Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) – 2013

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Play Me by Laura Ruby

Title: Play Me
Author: Laura Ruby
Release date: September 1, 2008
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Source: Bookstore

Eddy knows how to play the game of love.

He has all the tricks down cold, and his favorite girls are the ones with cherry lipstick and long legs in fishnets. They know he doesn’t make any promises.

But as graduation looms, the game begins to shift for Eddy. He never expected unattainable and perfect Lucinda Dulko to walk into his life. For the first time ever, Eddy’s not in control. To be with Lucinda, he has to play on her terms.

But what happens to a player when the rules suddenly change? Will Eddy find a way to win it all? Or will he get played?

I don’t know that I have ever given a book a D before but this one, I hate to say, deserves it.  I barely made it through this book and I only did because I hoped it would get better.  It didn’t.

Let’s start with the characters.  I didn’t like any of them.  They were impossible to sympathize with and pretty impossible to like.  Eddy was a greedy cheating jerk.  Lucinda was a bitch.  Joe was a terrible friend.  Rory was an idiot.  Eddy’s family was quirky but not in a fun way.  His bird, Tippi Hedren, may have been the best character in the book.

The writing itself was juvenile.  It made it seem like the book was written for a younger audience even though the characters were 18 and the book contains sex and alcohol.  It was very contradictory.

The book also had no real conclusion.  It just ended.  It was a terrible way to end the book.

Overall, I don’t recommend this book at all.  Definitely give this one a pass.  If you want to check out a better book by this author, go with Good Girls.

Rating: D

Friday, May 28, 2010

What Curiosity Kills (The Turning #1) by Helen Ellis

Book:  What Curiosity Kills (The Turning #1)
Author:  Helen Ellis
Published:  May 1, 2010 from Sourcebooks Fire
My edition/number of pages:  Hardcover/288

Age group: Young Adult
Source:  Publisher
Series?: Yes, first book.

Mary Richards is a normal sixteen-year-old girl living in Manhattan. Well, almost normal. She goes to private school on the Upper East Side, having been saved from a life of squalor by an adoptive family. But she’s also slowly transforming into a cat.

Struggling to hide her physical metamorphosis, Mary discovers that she isn’t alone. A whole race of cat people prowls the streets of Manhattan at night, including Mary’s long-time crush, Nick.

Aside from heightened feline senses, hanging out with Nick is the best thing about discovering her inner kitty. But Mary’s transformation is special and could decide the outcome of a citywide turf war. She must decide whether to embrace her powerful feline side and become a pack leader or go back to being a normal teenage girl. Can she land on her feet or will curiosity be her downfall?

summary from Goodreads.com

What Curiosity Kills is the first book in a new series by Helen Ellis and while it was definitely unique it’s not something I will be checking out.  The first book was enough for me to realize that I am just not interested.

Mary is turning into a cat.  She doesn’t know how or why but she knows that her crush, Nick, is helping her.  He is finally showing interest in her and she is not going to let him slip away.  Too bad her sister is terrified of cats and wants Mary’s problem fixed.  What’s even worse is that there are other forces trying to keep Mary from even being human again.

So, the premise for What Curiosity Kills was beyond interesting.  The bad part was that the book did not live up to it.  And there were parts of the book where I was grossed out.  I was not into the whole turning into a cat thing and mice were involved.  Eww!  Also, I was super confused part of the time.  I didn’t get the point of the book and there didn’t seem to be a straight plot line.

Then there were the characters.  Mary and Nick’s relationship came out of nowhere and the part with Ling Ling was odd.  I didn’t get why everyone was attracted to Nick.  It would have been better if the characters were more developed so that I could actually understand some of their motives.

Overall, What Curiosity Kills is the start to a series that some might enjoy but not me.  I have to recommend checking this one out from your library if you are still interested.

First line: I wanted to scream for help, but pain like fire ants had found me.

Writing:  5

Characters:  3

Plot:  3

Ending:  2

Originality:  5

Overall:  18=D-

Cover:  5=A++

Thursday, May 6, 2010

She Thief by Daniel Finn

Book:  She Thief by Daniel Finn

Release date:  April 13, 2010

Number of pages:  304

Publisher:  Feiwel And Friends

From:  Publisher

Summary:

The girl, Baz, and the boy, Demi, are master pickpockets. They weave through rich neighborhoods to slip bags off shoulders and wallets out of pockets before disappearing into the crowd. Their loot goes to Fay, who runs a gang of child thieves from her den in the Barrio. This sweltering slum— in a city that is imagined, but all too real —is what passes for home to the kids, and Fay is what passes for family.

That all changes the day Demi steals a magnificent blue ring. Soon, the police chief and the Barrio’s crime boss close in on Fay, and she begins to break under their pressure.

Baz has never doubted Fay before. She’s never been apart from Demi, either. But soon, Baz is left alone to find her way through a world more corrupt than she’s ever realized. Here, the lives of children are thrown away without a moment’s hesitation. Here, the rich and powerful are just thieves on a larger scale. And somewhere in this wreck of a city, Baz must find the scraps of hope, the small acts of kindness, and the steely strength that will take her back to Demi and wash them both out of the Barrio for good.

*****
I hate writing negative reviews but I have to be honest and I honestly hated She Thief.  There was nothing good about it and I can’t say I recommend it to anyone.
My worst complaint about She Thief is the plot.  I was bored out of my mind for pretty much the whole book.  It picked up some at the end but I still had trouble getting through it.  I hoped it would get better and it did but I still did not like the book.
Also, I was confused.  I honestly could not tell if the book was set in the past, present, or future.  The Barrio was a weird place and it wasn’t like anything I have read about.  I wanted to know the time period but I couldn’t even guess it.  It was odd and it just added to how much I didn’t like the book.
Overall, She Thief was not a good book.  Nothing about it was enjoyable and if you are interested in it at all definitely check it out at your library before spending any money on it.  
First line:  The city’s burning. 
Writing:  3
Characters:  3
Plot:  3
Ending:  2
Originality:  4
Overall:  15=D-
Cover:  3=C-
Monday, March 22, 2010

If We Kiss by Rachel Vail

Book: If We Kiss by Rachel Vail

Release date: May 1, 2006
Number of pages: 288
Publisher: HarperTeen
From: Bookstore
Summary:
What would happen if we kiss?

Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. “Wha . . . what did . . .”

And then he kissed me.

If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can’t help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?

*****
If We Kiss is a book with no real substance. I guess there could have been a message to it but it didn’t come across to me. It all just seemed a little too pointless.
If We Kiss is about Charlie’s first kiss and what happens afterward. The whole kissing part wasn’t even that big. The story was more about what happens if she kisses him again later even though she didn’t enjoy it the first time. Oh and things have really changed since the first time she kissed him seeing as now her mom is dating his dad and her best friend is dating him.
I couldn’t like Charlie. She was whiny, selfish, rude, and just plain mean at times. Her mom was actually happy dating Kevin’s dad but she had to be a complete bitch because that is not what she wanted. Her best friend was dating Kevin but whenever she thought about Kevin, she didn’t seem to mind that. There were times when she even wished he would dump her. What kind of friend does that?
Also, there just didn’t seem to be anything to the story until the end when Charlie finally grew up a little. She was 14-years-old but she acted more like she was 11 or 12. The setting of the high school didn’t seem like any high school today. It’s almost like the characters could have been in middle school. That was probably closer to their attitudes.
Overall, I didn’t like If We Kiss and I would only recommend it if you are desperate. I couldn’t get into it and now I am just glad that I am done with it.
Writing: 8/10
Characters: 5/10
Plot: 6/10
Ending: 6/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall: 33/50=D
Cover: 7/10=C-
Friday, February 26, 2010

Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

Book: Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

Release date: February 9, 2010
Publisher: Speak
From: Trade
Summary:

Sophie Greene gets good grades, does the right thing, and has a boyfriend that her parents— and her younger brother—just love. (Too bad she doesn’t love him.) Sophie dreams of being more like Devon Deveraux, star of her favorite romance novels, but, in reality, Sophie isn’t even daring enough to change her nail polish. All of that changes when Sophie goes to Florida to visit her grandma Roz, and she finds herself seated next to a wolfishly goodlooking guy on the plane. The two hit it off, and before she knows it, Sophie’s living on the edge. But is the drama all it’s cracked up to be?
*****
I’m sorry for such a horrible rating but there was nothing about this book that I liked. I could not get into it and it took me forever to read it. And it was only a little over 200 pages. It was clearly not a book for me.
Sophie Greene wants her life to be more like her favorite fictional heroine, Devon Deveraux. She wants romance, adventure, something to remember when she looks back on her life. She doesn’t have that with her boyfriend of 3 years and she just might have to end it with him but how is she supposed to do that when they are spending spring break together in Florida? She knows this trip is going to be life-changing but she never really realized just how life-changing.
Sophie was an unrealistic person. She based all her decisions on what a fictional character would do. After the first couple of chapters it got ridiculous and I couldn’t stand it. She was also self-involved and whiny. There just wasn’t a single redeeming quality to her character.
The plot was nonexistent. I guess I could see a little bit of a storyline shining through at some points but nowhere near enough to get me interested. I never got into the story so I ended up reading it as fast as I could to get it over with.
Overall, Little Miss Red was a big disappointment for me. There just wasn’t enough substance to it. I really hope Robin Palmer’s other books are better because I do still plan on reading them.
Writing: 8/10
Characters: 6/10
Plot: 5/10
Ending: 5/10
Originality: 6/10
Overall: 30/50=D-
Cover: 8/10=B-