Book Review | The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Paperback, 312 pages

Published July 2nd 2013

2.5/5 stars

This book was not the most horrific thing I have ever read … so there is that. I honestly enjoyed it … to an extent. But it was not without it’s problems.

This was my second attempt at a Kasie West book and I have to say … I was mildly disappointed yet again. On the one hand, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I enjoyed By Your Side (See Review HERE) but I did not LOVE this book by any stretch of the imagination. It was cute … I guess.

The Story

(Goodreads synopsis):

 

“Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.”

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Book Review | Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hardcover, 438 pages

Published September 10th 2013

2.5/5 stars
Maaaaaaybe 3?
Nope … never mind … I won’t be swayed by the hype … solid 2.5 no higher

In a Word: Meh

And here we find ourselves yet again. Another hyped out of this world book that makes me question myself and my ability to enjoy books. I’m not sorry, but I don’t get it. *sigh*

And so, I will start this review with a short story of my own …

You know that moment when you are telling a story and suddenly realize … it’s boring as fuck? Well, some odd years ago, my friends and I (after hearing a comedian remark on the subject and coin the phrase to be mentioned) started using the phrase “… and then he stabbed him” as a means of pointing out that very moment. You know what I mean. You are going along, telling a fabulous story when you notice … nobody’s listening and … Oh shit, this story is actually really not great *insert* “… and then he stabbed him”.

Well … this is precisely how I think Rainbow Rowell should have finished this book. Just slap a big “… and then he stabbed him” on the end and done. Because this book was a snooze fest.

Honestly, there is no way I would have made it through this book if it hadn’t been an audiobook.

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Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

Hardcover, 1st Edition, 421 pages

Published May 5th 2015

2.5 stars

So am I kneeling at the altar of Sarah J. Maas along with the masses right now?
Well… no.
After starting and dnf-ing Throne of Glass about a bazillion times (that’s an approximation of course)… and then reading this book… I have resigned to the fact that … take out your pitchforks everyone … I just don’t like Maas’ writing.

There… I said it. Fight me ok!


The Story

Feyre.

She’s a human girl
In a human wooorld
Life is tragic
Not fantastic

She likes to set up snares
Shoots wolves without a caaaaare
Dedication, keeps them from starvation

(Tamlin): Come on Feyre let’s go Feyre
(chorus): Ah ah aaah yeah
(Tamlin): Come on Feyre let’s go Feyre
(chorus): ooOoh ooOoh

…..Oh god what am I doing?!
Seriously…. If you picked up on that… I equally love and pity you.
So …. we will both pretend that never happened.

Feyre is a human, living in poverty on the small sliver of mortal land that borders the land of the Fae. The evil maniacal murderous Fae that is – at least that is what she has been led to believe. Soon, a series of unfortunate events bring her face to face with one of the dreaded folk and Feyre is forced to pay back a debt by traveling beyond the wall and into enemy lands.

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Book Review | By Your Side

By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West

Paperback, 346 pages

Published January 31st 2017

2.5 stars

Welp …. That was a let down
So many things wrong with the plot from a logical standpoint … I was too annoyed to enjoy it.

MINOR SPOILERS POSSIBLE

The Story

(Goodreads synopsis): “When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?”

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Book Review | King’s Cage

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

2.5/5 stars

I loved Red Queen and Glass Sword!

and I totally dig a political book.
But … ugh!
Disappointment is a bitter dish my friends!

SPOILER ALERT: From this point on, there may be unmarked spoilers for previous book in this series. There are no unmarked major spoilers for this particular book.

The Story

This book takes place after the conclusion of Glass Sword with Mare Barrow, the lightning girl, now the captive pawn in King Maven’s game of deceit and lies and political power. What will become of the little lightning girl now that her power has been taken? What will become of the rising rebellion on the heels of retreat and their intentions called to question? Battles, hearts and lives will be won and lost in book three of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. But who will win the war?
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