Review: Fury- Elizabeth Miles

2.5 Stars

Fury (The Fury Trilogy, #1)- Elizabeth Miles

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She made a mental note: Pay more attention to where different cliques hang out for next time you’re being homicidally stalked by someone-something-that wants to punish you for your mistakes.

Plot: Emily Winters has a problem; she is in love with her best friend Gabby’s boyfriend, Zach. Emily and Gabby have been best friends for years and it was because of Gabby’s perky blonde girls, and giggly, fun-loving personality that Emily even made it in with the popular crowd. But Emily can’t avoid her mounting attraction to Zach, and when Gabby goes on Winter Break vacation out of the country, Zach seems to reciprocate her feelings. Emily knows that hooking up with your friend’s boyfriend (the guy she plans on losing her virginity to on Valentine’s Day, mind you) is wrong but she thinks Gabby will understand once she sees how perfect her and Zach are together. Meanwhile, Chase, Zach’s best bro and star of the football team is searching for that special someone to bring to the football opening. Drunkenly stumbling from a typical high school party, depressed and guilty after learning his former childhood friend Sasha tried to commit suicide, Chase spots a gorgeous redhead in very inappropriate clothes for a snowy night. Chase is so blinded by her beauty that he doesn’t pause to question her story and falls maddeningly in love with her, exceeding obsession. It is as if every moment not spent with Ty is a shadow of a life, devoid of meaning and happiness. Chase’s life quickly spirals out of control as acts of revenge destroy his popularity and yet he can’t get Ty out of his head. Em is being stalked by a girl that seems to appear out of thin air, and her world as she knows it balances on a precariously thin line. As more terrible events happen, Chase and Em’s lives lay on the line. Will they survive the consequences of their actions or will Karma prevail?

PROS:

  • JD is a fashionista, with a wicked sense of humor, and compassionate side. He is the best guy friend that there’s no romantic interest In because the girl can’t see what’s right in front of her. He’s the best character and the most developed. He has the funniest lines, and the funkiest, most genuine personality.
  • The concept was genius. Femme Fatal beauties of Greek mythology with a skewed sense of karmic justice? Hell yes, who doesn’t want to read about powerful females taking vengeance into their own hands? The Furies were perfect. They were better described and more real than the other characters, which is really ironic because for most of the book you’re not sure if they’re real or not. They’re hot, they’re masters of deceit, and inventive in their methods.

CONS:

  • The protagonists are unlikable and barely redeemable.
  • The explanation for what the Furies are or that they were Furies at all came almost at the end of the book. This was problematic because unless you knew that the girls were Furies to begin with, Emily and Chase could have easily just been two mentally disturbed teens suffering from a series of vivid hallucinations that put them in life threatening situations.
  • Emily is the biggest delusional worst friend in the world. What kind of selfish, inconsiderate friend would hook up with her best friend’s boyfriend and think oh my bf will be okay with it because she loves me?! Idiot. If she hadn’t been the main character this might have been okay but it’s so hard to like her when she’s such a terrible person. Plus, she flips her love on and off and refuses to see reason when it’s bitch slapping her across the face!
  • Zach is the slimiest, repulsive, trolling player around and he is the love interest. Come on!!!

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Upcoming Reviews

It feels like forever and a day since I’ve posted one of these. Upcoming reviews set for 6/5-6/12:

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These are in no particular order. I was going for variety, I think I might have gone a little overboard.

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Review: iBoy- Kevin Brooks

3/5 Stars

iBoy- Kevin Brooks

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“It was ages ago, you must have been about six or seven…the two of you were sitting on the floor in the front room, playing with some LEGOs or something, and she just turned to you and said, ‘Will you marry me when I’m older?'”

Really? What did I say?”

Gram thought about it for a minute, then smiled again. “I don’t think you said anything. I think you just started crying.”

I laughed. “Yeah, that sounds like me. I always was pretty slick with the ladies.”

This book deals with such topics as gang rape, murder, violence, drugs, sex trafficking, and other gang related activities. If any of these topics make you uncomfortable, I’d highly recommend avoiding this book. 

My issue with Kevin Brooks’ books as far back as I can remember is that they breaches hard to talk about subjects that are extremely relevent to our society, subjects that are important to talk about to increase awareness and promote safety and yet, every single Kevin Brooks book I’ve read seems resolved to group these issues in an unsolvable-these things just happen and there’s so much of it going on that there’s nothing that can be done about it-category. This infuriates me. If you’re going to write about gang rape and sex trafficking-despite including a science fiction aspect was very portrayed very realistically-please include some hope. I understand that reality is a harsh, sometimes unforgiving and unbelievably tragic thing but good grief. Things like “They fucking destroyed me,” when talking about the after effects of gang rape kill me, and I get that in gang culture the violence and threats on top of the fear often prevent any real change or justice from happening but seriously this was the most depressing book I’ve read in a long time. Even with superpowers nothing can help these people, I just have no words for how horribly hopeless and depressed I felt after reading this, I can’t imagine how someone who has experienced similar things might feel.

Plot:

Tom Harvey was walking down the street one day thinking of mundane things like what the girl he’s been in love with for years wants to talk to him about at 4 o-clock, when someone calls his name and an iPhone 3GS smacks him in the head. Tom wakes up in the hospital after being in a coma for over 2 weeks and learns that the iPhone shattered in his skull and that the surgeons couldn’t remove all the pieces. With a wicked, jagged scar, half his head shaved, and a head full of metal, Tom starts to feel weird. The police ask him questions about his accident and information like from a search engine automatically pops into his head. That’s when Tom realizes that he now has the power of the iPhone linked to his brain. This is how he learns that Lucy-the girl he was on his way to see before his attack-had been gang raped, her brother was severely beaten, and that the people who were responsible for the rape were still at large. Tom and Lucy live in Crow Towers, home of a notorious gang. The story follows the actions of the Crow gang members, the birth of iBoy, Tom’s alter ego who uses his new superpowers to get vigilante style justice on the gang members who raped Lucy, and the recovery of both Lucy and Tom as they try to reestablish a normal life after all they’d been through.

PROS:

  • The science fiction element was really cool. An iPhone embedding in someones skull and fusing with their brain is fascinating. Because the brain has such a powerful capacity already and mix it with Apple technology, all of Tom’s superpowers really paid homage to the iPhone itself. And to think all of his skills, like electric shock, explosions, making phone calls, screen shot-ing from his eyes, were from a 3GS model.
  • The random facts, quotes, and statistics were really interesting and fun little tidbits of knowledge that were very useful to understand Tom’s crime solving process and emotions.
  • Explores the loss of emotions when the line between what is considered right and wrong blurs.

CONS:

  • (See above rant)
  • Some of the humor was misplaced and so awkward. How do you laugh about things like a hit and run when your friend might potentially be knifed?!

-BB

Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect- James Patterson

3/5 Stars

Confessions of a Murder Suspect- James Patterson

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Like the taste and scent of desire, a vibration so deep inside it convinced my scientific mind that the soul was an actual physical organ in my body.

What I remember most is that the laws of physics no longer seemed to apply. Gravity was backward and the world was, in quite certain, moving in slow motion. His pull wasn’t a pull; it was just falling upward, and he caught me. There really was no beginning or end to the kiss; it wasn’t even really there-and because of that it was tremendous. Our lips were four sweet, shy people, saying, “Hello, it’s nice to meet you.” But what passed between them was massive. Nuclear. And in an instant, every cobweb inside me was obliterated. My inner struggles, my uncertainty, my fear of tiger attack… Gone. Just the feeling of being a newborn, a pure soul just waiting to be imprinted upon.

Plot: The Angel’s are not your average family. Besides being supremely wealthy, they’re gifted at almost everything they do. Tandoori (Tandy) is a science wiz, Harry is an accomplished pianist and singer, Hugo is a wrecking ball force of strength and power, and Matthew is a famous football player who recently won the Heisman. Not only are the children certified prodigies, but their parents are entrepreneurial masterminds. Their father Malcolm owns part of a pharmaceutical company, and their mother Maud single-handedly runs a successful hedge fund. Because of this monetary excess they live in the infamous Dakota. The Angel family never want for anything except, perhaps love. The children were raised to challenge their mental capacity, there were constant exercises to increase brain function and to expand their capabilities physically, and artistically as well. If the children disobeyed, they’d be punished with something known as the Big Chop. This includes such torturous activities as reciting ancient poems in dead languages while doing a handstand. Since the time they were infants, the Angel children have faithfully taken their individually prescribed special blend of medication dictated by their parents. They’ve never questioned what was in the pills but knew only that they were necessary. The story is told from Tandy’s perspective and is an amalgamation of blocked psychological trauma, emotional rediscovery, and classic Patterson style sleuthing. When Tandy is awakened one night by sirens directly outside the Dakota and then persistent pounding on the door, she is both confused and alarmed. The police tell her that someone phoned in the death of her parents. Tandy is beyond shocked and follows the detectives in a cloud of disbelief, that is until she sees the unequivocal proof that her parents were indeed dead, and possibly murdered in their bed while the Angel children slept peacefully below. The story follows Tandy’s process of putting together clues, unveiling her parents secrets, and finding out whether the Angel’s were really abusive monsters or simply wanted the best for their children.

PROS:

  • I’m not quite sure whether this is a pro or con but the Angel parents’ treatment of their children doesn’t come off so much as abusive-because they are forcing the children to take on strenuous mental and physical activities for their own benefit-even though they drugged them practically since birth, but as Stockholm syndrome. The Angel children are prisoners no matter how positive the outcome of their rigorous upbringing. This is especially clear in the characters of Tandy and Harry. Tandy went through some emotional times (I don’t want to give too much away) but because of the actions of her behavior as a normal, hormonal teenager, she was sent to a therapist and manipulated into believing that emotions are damaging and interfere with focus. All of her memories of her first love were stripped from her and she was punished. Often in the book she is refered to as robotic and unfeeling. This is horrible. No matter how great their education this psychiatric treatment is unnatural and highly disturbing. Harry is deemed never good enough because he is artistic rather than scientific. The Angel children live for their parents attention but never know if they’re truly loved. This lifestyle is all they know and they are abnormal but in a somewhat positive way. This was done very well, the conflicting feelings, and warring opinions between characters are written in a natural, straightforward way.
  • Tandy. I love that her name is Tandoori and that she feels so uniquely cultured. She takes matters into her own hands and will not stop until she has solved the crime. She’s admirable and strong, but is just broken enough to make her seem real.
  • The ending was surprising.

CONS:

  • Because it was told from Tandy’s perspective there is little about the other characters when their should have been much more. The other characters lacked development and felt barely present.
  • Tandy is swept up with the absurd idea that her inkling of a snippet of evidence is right and goes around accusing people of murder like it’s nobody’s business. It’s ridiculous, pretentious, and annoying.
  • Hugo is a violent, uncontrollable, little brat and everyone laughs when he commits battery, B&E’s and partakes in other highly illegal activities. The sense of right and wrong is skewed and only applies when it benefits the Angel family.
  • There are several loose ends and unfinished plot points that could have been answered briefly. Others of course, are for the next book.

All in all it was okay. The text is really large print so it goes by very quickly and the story is your average murder mystery crime fiction but from a younger narrator than normal.

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Review: The Raven Boys- Maggie Stiefvater

3/5 Stars

The Raven Boys(The Raven Cycle, #1)- Maggie Stiefvater

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“Fate,” Blue replied, glowering at her mother, “is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.”

She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness. It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.

“It’s irrelevant. It’s not growing. I’m doomed to be a man-child.”
“If you keep saying things like ‘man-child,’ we’re done,” Ronan said. “Hey, man. Don’t let it get you down. Once your balls drop, that beard’ll come in great. Like a fucking rug. You eat soup, it’ll filter out the potatoes. Terrier style. Do you have hair on your legs? I’ve never noticed.”

Plot:
Blue Sargent is used to paranormal activity. Living with a family of psychics, strange is the new normal. The only problem is that Blue didn’t inherit psychic powers, instead she is an energy magnifier, boosting otherworldly influences. For as long as she can remember Blue has been weighed down by a powerful premonition that claimed one day Blue’s kiss would kill her true love. From that day on Blue had avoided relationships at all cost and tried to live her life as if nothing was hanging over her head. Like every year on St.Mark’s Day, Blue goes to watch the corpse road but this time fate interceded. Typically Blue can’t see spirits and simply ups their presence so that her mother can communicate with them, however, this time Blue is the only one who can see the dejected boy faltering down the spirit road. Blue knows immediately that her seeing this boy is wrong, that something is starting that is bigger than she is. When Blue asks her mother’s psychic friend why she was able to see the boy she is told that there are only two reasons, that he is her true love or she will be responsible for his death. Blue feels like she owes it to the boy to warn him of his impending death and when he makes an appointment for a psychic reading at her house, she is even more convinced that their meeting is destined. Gansey is one of the Raven Boys and the boy Blue saw on St. Mark’s Day. The Raven Boys are the notoriously snobby “bastards” that shamelessly flirt with girls and flaunt their money as if they own the world. They attend the pre-Ivy Aglionby private school and have too much money, and conceit to know what to do with. Gansey is flocked by his group of Raven Boys, Ronan, an Irish bad boy with far too much anger and sarcasm, Adam, a trailer park kid whose father is abusive and who works three jobs to attend Aglionby, and Noah, a smudgy enigma of a boy with more mystery than truth. Since he was 7 and had a near fatal run in with a swarm of hornets, Gansey has had one goal, to find the sleeping Welsh King who lies hidden on a ley line. As he lay dying, words were whispered into his ear about the Welsh King granting him a wish. Teamed up with Gansey, and the other Raven Boys, Blue embarks on a quest to save Gansey from certain death, to find the Welsh King, and to discover power within herself.

PROS:

  • Ronan is jaded, violent, rude, and an all around ass but is perhaps the most developed, multilayered character in the book. His emotions are complex and buried beneath all the bravado is a hurt little boy just trying to overcome the loss of his father.
  • The character traits are written in such a simple, matter of fact way that they provide clear insight into their foundation, it’s almost poetic.
  • Blue is just the average girl. She is awkward and unsure when it comes to interacting with boys, she is confused about her feelings, but what is admirable about her is that she has such spunk. She speaks her mind and is unafraid to put down the condescending airs of the Raven Boys, she is her own person; she makes her own clothes, adorning them with feathers and lace, and despite all her intentions of standing out, is extremely sensible. Blue is an amalgamation of conflicting emotions, and wavering ideas of herself. She is the quintessential teen girl.
  • The ley lines, how they work, and their connection with spirits, and magic was different in a very pleasant way. Typically fey would be present in connection with they pocketed energy fields, that fact that they weren’t was a welcome surprise.

CONS:

  • Some dialogue like in the quoted section above was overly vulgar and came off as awkward and mildly repulsive.
  • While the idea of the story, rich with Welsh folklore, spirits, and ritual was really an interesting concept it was presented in a way that it almost seemed common place and boring. General suspense and magic were missing when they should have been present in abundance.
  • Some plot points were fragmented and barely pieced together, almost as if they were thrown in randomly like oh hey btw this happened. This left the plot feeling jumbled and a little confused.
  • Most of the minor characters are unlikable and not present. You get fleeting glimpses into their personalities and then they are gone, leaving the impression that they are incomplete.

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Review: The Heist Society- Ally Carter

4/5 Stars

The Heist Society(The Heist Society, #1)- Ally Carter

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Thieves aren’t supposed to want too much-which is ironic, but true. Never live anyplace you can’t walk away from. Never own anything you can’t leave behind. These were the laws of Kat’s life-of Kat’s world. As she watched her father sip hot coffee and sneak smiles at her over the top of the cup, she knew that, strictly speaking, no thief is ever supposed to love anything as much as she loved him.

Plot: After years of learning the art of pickpocketing, lying, and techniques to rival the CIA when it comes to a good old-fashioned B&E or lifting priceless paintings from famed impenetrable fortresses with state of the art technology, all Katerina (Kat) Bishop wants is to be normal. For three months she gets her wish, attending the prestigious Colgan school and passing as an average, attractive, yet mysterious teenager. Kat is happy that she doesn’t have to think and she finally gets to relax, everything is going just as she planned until someone frames her for a school prank. When the headmaster’s mint condition Porsche ends up perched on top of the school fountain, Kat has to face the honor board, and some very incriminating evidence. For once in her life, Kat is telling the truth though everyone thinks she’s lying. Kat is expelled from school, and her chance at normalcy vanishes as quickly as the view of the school in her rearview mirror. Kat is whisked away in a limo by her very sexy friend Hale, and reunited with some family members. Kat comes from a family of the best thieves in the world, but she wants nothing more than to pack her bags and get back to school, away from the lifestyle. When Kat learns that her father has been framed much like she was, for a heist he couldn’t have participated in, and that the notorious mobster-like Arturo is after him, Kat puts her life on the line to save her father. Teaming up with Hale, her prissy cousin Gabrielle, and some other unlikely criminal masterminds, Kat will attempt to accomplish the impossible, robbing the highest security museum in the world, retrieving Arturo’s missing paintings, and granting her father a clean slate but will she be able to get the paintings, save her father, and escape scot-free? You’ll just have to read and see. 🙂

PROS:

  • Kat is a crafty, inventive, understated, gorgeous, witty, sarcastic powerhouse of a character. She is very Sherlock Holmes in with her sleuthing skills, and ingenious with her catchy names for robbing methods. The smallest details were fun, and just unbelievably quirky. Kat is so likable and easy to identify and sympathize with. Her confusion over boys, and internal struggle between who she is, and who she wants to be feels so genuine.
  • The writing style is simple, to the point, and flows smoothly.
  • Playful banter, cheeky comments, hilarious lines, and flirty dialogue flowed throughout.
  • The whole story was lighthearted and just a feel good book despite the threat of her father’s death, Kat was so passionately determined that there was little doubt that whatever Kat set her mind to she would succeed.
  • Hale and Nick. Both love interests have their own positive qualities and easily swoon worthy.
  • If you know nothing about spy technology don’t worry! You’ll learn and be amazed by the sheer information and how it is applied to make the story feel authentic.
  • The depictions of various countries and the use of Russian heritage was very interesting.

CONS:

  • There weren’t really any cons it just didn’t have the special something that takes a book to 5 star level.

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