Saturday, 25 May 2013

Review: Kiss & Blog

Kiss & Blog/ Alyson Noel

As some of you may know, for some absurd reason, I made an Alyson Noel haul. Yes, two books is a haul for me. Now shut up! I'm not a Noel fan, never was really, but something makes me read her novels, even when I want to falcon punch most of the characters in the face.

Winter and Sloane are besties forever. Or so they though. After years of being outcasts, they casted a goal: to be in the popular squad. But Sloane ditches Winter and Winter makes out with hotties.

Plot:
Cliche, such a cliche my dear Noel. Two best friends, one ditches another, revenge, bla bla bla, yada yada yada. Well, I did like the blog idea and telling anonymously dirty secrets. If only I had the balls to blackmail people or posting their embarrassing crap all over the internet, I would be a happier person. I think. Maybe.

No! That's a bad idea! On the internet, you can be found out so easily it's not even funny!
Writing:
One minute she was talking about her back story, next minute she said something about her crush getting into the cafe. What?

Heroine- Winter:
This is going to be a long rant. Belts please.
I don't know what Noel though when she created Winter. Wait, I actually do.  In one of her interviews, Noel actually said that she first comes up with a story, than with a character. Most of us do, right? But here's the punch line: she feels the story is more important than the characters. Characters=Plot, not Characters<Plot.
Anyways, here's a brief summery of Winter. Winter is an outcast girl music from the eighties, likes to read and write, and is really shy.
Magnifique.
It seems like Winter listens only to Sex Pistols and The Beatles (if I get something wrong here, I'm a noob in music, so don't take to your heart), never opens a book, less writes anything and is making out with total strangers. Sigh.
I think that when Winter says she likes to read, leads her to love to write, leads her to write a blog. Huh.
Anyhow, she calls herself shy. In what fucking parallel universe are you shy Mary fluffing Sue?!
You make out with a guy and almost had sex with when you've known him for, like, two weeks. There's no flicking romance or electricity, it just shows how teenagers nowdays can be... umm... passionate.
If all that description wasn't enough to explain how much I hate, despise the main character, I'll tell you a secret. If she existed, I would come to her place and be like:
Bestie to Enemy- Sloane:
Social reputation? Please, that girl can't even mean what she says.
Sloane was Winter's BFF and turned into a teenage version of Honey Boo Boo. She also lies, she stubs in the back and flirts with guys only to score. Okay, I don't always hate this kind of characters, but she was so one dimensional. She used Winter and all, but I just... I want to choke her.

Love Interests- Easton & Rey:
Before you hate me, here's the truth- I never like Easton. And in the beginning I liked Rey, but by the end he was ruined so badly.
Easton was that guy from some fancy art school that you use him to make out. When we first met him, he was bleh. The rest of the book he was bleh. But on the other hand we had Rey. When I first met Rey...
That's right he was that guy. It's been quite a while since I met a fictional male character that I can swoon over, so when we're introduced to Rey, I don't know why not love him. He calls the girl milady and sings songs to her. I just wish it was me and not Winter-frozen-brain.
So if choose between Easton and Rey, me and Winter both agree on Rey. (What kind of name is Easton anyway? Sounds like tooth brush brand)

Little Sis- Autumn:
Autumn is my most favorite character in this novel. She's an artist, smart and chooses boys by their mind, not looks. She also has really good taste in fashion. She was a bit of a perfection of me.
Popular Squad:
Such a cliche I don't even want to start writing about it.

Overall:
Kiss & Blog could be a nice read if not all the unnecesary description and rolling in the blog idea only 30% into the book. Also... how the hell people shrug so much in this book and their shoulders don't hurt one bit?!

2 STARS

Reccomended for:
-Alyson Noel fans
-Blog lovers
-Love triangle lovers

Liked:
-Autumn
-Blog
-Rey(kinda)

Disliked:
-Majority of the plot
-Most of the characters

And now, a little lovely quote from the book:
"Memories are the only things we really own, the only things that stay constant." He shrugs. "Everything else becomes dust."

Friday, 24 May 2013

Update: I'm seeing things...

Three hundred of reads on this dead blog?! 
Yep, I'm totally insane! I need to work here! -___-
Promising reviews that don't come in time (some of them are just so long that I need two hours writing them. Be warned)!
That's how I feel right now

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Update: What the--

No, don't tell me it's okay. Just no!
Alright, I calmed down. Sorry to attack you this way. And before you say anything, I know you want to ask: what the heck happened?
I just found really sad news. No matter how much I read, I still have many books to read around here. I counted 60 books(!) that I didn't read yet. Until then, I hope I will stop buying books and read more. Now that my Sociology test is finished, I can sit down, read a book and then review it. If there's going to be an overload of reviews, don't blame me: blame school.

As an apology, here's an epic gif, of Midna <3:

Friday, 17 May 2013

Update: Japanese Literature- GO!!

Okay, as the title says, this blog might include some Japanese Literature (like mangas, light novels etc.) reviews. If you don't speak or read Japanese, don't worry, all reviews will be in English (as always). Here's a sneak peak to what might pop out in some of my next reviews:
U==>D;L==>R: AkaAka vol.1~2, Kagerou Days vol.1, Kamusari vol.1, Durarara!! LN vol.1, Accel World LN vol.1

 Hope you will enjoy the reviews that will come this month/year/century/millennium! AkaAka vol.1 and Kagerou Days vol.1 will be up this+next week! Stay tuned! :)

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Review: Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses, #2)

Kissing Coffins {Vampire Kisses, #2}/ Ellen Schreiber

Kissing Coffins is the second novel in the Vampire Kisses series, shorter but more mysterious. Really?
I have no idea why, but I don't like this novel as the previous one was fuller, and I'm not talking about the length.

If you didn't read the first book in the series, then please leave because this review contains major spoilers. I warned you bro.

Alexander runs away and Raven hopelessly tries to find him and tracks him down to Hipsterville (again, she named it). While being there she bumps by mistake into a stranger named Jagger, with a punk look and speech that leaves bruises.

Plot:
My biggest pet peeve is, again, that the novel didn't contain much. Yes, this novel has less words, about a half less, but in the first book, there was more action in each half more than in the entire second book. This book was mostly talking about Raven missing Alexander and how she spends her time in Hipsterville and most of the action happens in THE END of the book. Still, I must say that if I was supposed to hold the same amount of plot, it would be hard for me too to give it good pacing. I don't blame Schreiber at all and actually support her with understanding. Kinda.

Writing:
The writing was as nice as in the first book, but when she started to repeat words, it annoyed me to death.

Old Characters:
Raven- oh, my sweet child. My sweet, goth, goth child.
Wait what?
Did you say something? Like Raven not being badass enough? Whoever you are, I so agree with you! Raven, hold your act together! If my love is not coming back to me, I leave it. Heck, even if I go finding them, I would track them down and high five this person. In the face.
On the other note, even if you became jelly brain goth, keep in mind that thinking about a guy 24/7 will cause you a very minor case... of serious brain damage.

Alexander- why? Just one plain... why?

New Characters:
Jagger- heck, this guy is a total badass! A funky badass! If he wasn't a vampire and a dick, I would date him. Maybe.
Okay, enough screwing around; Jagger is, as it seems, our new enemy, one with power and lust. I mean... nope, he's like that bro. No lies.

Ships:
Okay, I know what you're thinking;
Yes, I'm a fandom person, and I'm happy with Raven and Alexander being together;
I can't help but ship Jagger with Alexander. Help.

Overall:
I could have enjoyed this book more if not the dragging drama. If you liked the first book, check this one out. If you didn't like the first, that's okay, you still can read the second one.

3/3.5 STARS

Recommended to:
-those who loved the first book
-those who didn't like the first book
-those who love vampire. duh.

Liked:
-Jagger
-Ships (really?)
-Raven's Grandmother

Disliked:
-Raven changing in a bad way
-Alexander being hot, but stupid

Review: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Shiver {The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1}/ Maggie Stiefvater

Yes, I quit. I quit because of... reasons. Okay, okay, I will put the cards on the table: Shiver is not a bad book. No, the writing is good, for Lord's sake. So why did I quit? Romance. Romance that popped out of (almost) nowhere and then, shit hit the fan. It wasn't my cup of tea.

Grace was attacked as a child by wolves that lived in the forest by her house. Since then, there was one wolf always watching her from afar, always there for her. Even by staring at each other, they felt really close to each other and... enough description, let's get to the review!

Plot:
I usually don't pick up a werewolf story, but when I do, someone either recommends it, or it's written by an author I like. Or I read it on Wattpad. Anyhow, I do sometimes like love from afar, if it's done right (like in the Vampire Kisses series). But I just hated it when they suddenly started making out and slept in the same bed, like it's not one hundred percent awkward when you have zero love life until this point. I know it would be awkward for most of us, at least. That was the point where I stopped.

Writing:
The writing was simple but yet well describing and leading us into the book. I could close my eyes and be there. I don't find many books I feel this way toward their writing the same way. Actually, if not the writing, I would put this book after ten pages. Really.

Heroine- Grace:
Grace was that simple and plain girl with simple friend that have simple hobbies. Yep, I'm out.

Love Interest- Sam:
Sam was... the despaired hottie. A hottie werewolf. An Emo one. And nay, even with my love to those character traits, I had zero love to him. He was all like Grace, it's me! Now, let's smooch! If I was Grace, i would be like LOL nope! If I didn't make it clear, I saw him plain too.

Other Characters:
Who?

Overall:
The writing was what I was there for most of the time. I don't say don't check it out, please do, but keep in mind it's not friendly to the entire planet and might remind you of twilight. But if you though of picking up the book, just do it (Alice, your jokes suck).

2 stars

Recomended for:
-people who love werewolves
-people who love good writing
-Twilight fans

Liked:
-Writing
-the fact that werewolves shape shift when it's cold

Disliked:
-Twilight like
-sloppy romance
-characters

Random: Alyson Noel Haul(!)

Yeah, sorry guys I didn't write any reviews lately, school is being a bitch. Don't worry, I might get back to writing reviews next week! Stay tuned amigos!

From left to right: Kiss & Blog; Radiance {Riley Bloom, #1}
Pink is cool, bro.