Logical Ending: Where I AU Some of YA’s Most Illogical Books

Recently, I read two books that were complete logic fails.  And I thought it might be fun—and a bit snarky—to totally resolve various YA plots with logic.  Yes, it’s not as fun as the power of love or some mystical power that the MC can tap into, or a dramatic plot sequence that involves everything that was used in rom coms in the 80’s/90’s.  But hey, it makes anal people like me a little less on edge.

So, without further adieu let’s look at some alter endings with logic.  Note, if you don’t want the original ending you might want to skip this post

1) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon:

 This was actually the book that inspired this blog post.  So basically the original ending ends with this big twist that the MC’s mother is suffering from some sort of mental illness that makes her state her daughter’s ill when she’s not.

Logical Ending: Madeline is pulled into foster care after the insurance company gets suspicious of her care—FYI, with all the care she was getting they would probably want to make sure there wasn’t some insurance fraud going on there—her mother is in a padded cell and she grows up seemingly normal (or as normal as you can in foster care) and gets a Katy McGarry-ish story written about her.

2) Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch:

All of the melodrama could’ve been resolved if the character read her mother’s journal in one setting.  It was like the evil plot hole was glaring at me the entire time.  Also, super bad ending with how the Matteo thing played out.  This was one of those times I wanted a contrived plot twist that seemed unrealistic.

Logical Ending: The MC finishes the journal in one setting and confronts Howard with what she found out.  Howard reveals that there was a possibility that Matteo wasn’t her father and ran a DNA test that proves that the MC is Howard’s rather than Matteo the Douche’s.  Also, that chemistry-less romance doesn’t happen and the MC ends up learning more about Florence and the rest of freaking Italy throughout the book and I can enjoy my summer Euro book more.

3) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead:

Oh, Richelle Mead, this was one heck of a logic fail.  I didn’t even understand why the character thought it was a good idea to join the Glittering Court it seemed like a worse fate than the one that was given to her—exchanging an arrange marriage that she knows to an arrange marriage with a stranger.

Logical Ending: Our MC, whose real name I never learned since I DNF’d the monstrosity. Is only using the Glittering Court to get to the new land but somehow gets discovered and gets blackmailed into staying and learns that the court is really more than pretty dresses and all that jazz.  Maybe then, just then, I could buy all of this garbage.

4) Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

What is the secret to a good time traveling book: get the period you’re going back to correct.  It’s not just the big details that matter, but the small minute details have to be taken into consideration as well.  Like, you know, how modern English wasn’t used in Eleanor Aquitaine’s.  Note, Taylor, Shakespearian English IS the beginning of modern English.

Logical Ending: The characters go back to Eleanor’s time not knowing the language and die of the plague and/or something that you can die of without modern antibiotics.  Later on in the present someone who works for one of those History Channel conspiracy shows finds their skeletons which conspicuously feature some sort of modern day technology on them and makes a ridiculous episode about it for their conspiracy show which will most likely feature aliens .

5)  Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

This book was so cringe worthy with faux pas that could’ve been solved with a really good publicist, stylist, and handler.  Don’t tell me the GOP nominee wouldn’t have those….oh, wait.

Logical Ending:  The MC is sent to a Swiss boarding school during the election cycle and is only allowed to sit/stand next to her father and look pretty like most nominee’s kids do during holidays/family centered events etc.  The audience is spared this train wreck and I magically get my twenty dollars back.

Lifetime YA: More YA Novels Ripe for the Picking for Lifetime

A couple of years ago I did a post about YA movies being converted into Lifetime movies.  Unlike other forms of media, Lifetime movies have a certain quality about them that makes only a certain quality of book ripe for them.   With the advent of None of the Above-do not mess it up Lifetime-being picked up by the network, I thought I’d look at more Lifetime contenders.

I DNF’d this book but it has all the makings of a Lifetime movie or TV show.  Somehow Lifetime loves the idea of a fallen star or protagonist in general that has been sent to rehab.  The fact that Pagan has been convicted of manslaughter makes it even more Lifetime bait.  I do worry that Lifetime wouldn’t be able to get the period piece right though.  In Witches of East End their Edwardian flashback scenes were horrible in the fact that they thought the Edwardians were completely okay with complete displays of cleavage.  Obviously, they have not talked to the Dowager Countess to get that shit straight.

Because Mori is fucked up, and Lifetime likes fucked up leads.  The whole abuse storyline with her father is right up their ally too.  I can see Lifetime heavily upping the romance if they adapted this one though.  But if they kept Mori fucked up, it could make for an interesting television adaptation.

If done right this could be an amazing TV series or miniseries adaptation.  I’m skeptical that Lifetime could do this, but at the same time I could see them being the perfect network to adapt it because there are a lot of underlying themes of feminism here that Lifetime attempts to do from time from time.  And sometimes they actually do succeed at it.

Again, could make for an interesting series for Lifetime if they approached this anthology like True Detective.   Or maybe even focusing on a couple of these stories per season.  Why is this perfect for Lifetime because it centers around strong women characters.  Of course, it might not be as melodramatic as Lifetime likes.

I know they picked up None of the Above already and even though the stories are completely different-one is about a girl who finds out she’s intersex and the other is about a transgender girl, I feel like they do share very familiar themes in what is a woman.  I think it would sort of be cool if this book was turned into an original movie because I think it could showcase a lot of things in a ninety minute window.  And there’s a lot of heartbreak and drama in it, that if Lifetime did it justice could make it Emmy worthy.  Plus, I would really love it if the Network would embrace all kinds of women-meaning, not just cis gendered women.

Girl who worked as a stripper to support herself before finding out she has a rich guardian.  Lifetime movie right there, baby.  Or TV series.

Everyone who knows me, knows I really hate this series and the only reason I’m recommending it here is because Lifetime can make pretty decent adaptations of cruddy series-see The Witches of East End series and Aunt Wendy- and I’d like to see what they could do here.  Maybe they’d have America be a long lost princess in typical YA fantasy/dystopia tradition.  Or maybe they’d have Ass-pen go to secret ninja school or something to make him a little bit more interesting and a worthwhile rival to Maxon.  I don’t know, it wouldn’t take that much effort to make a TV or movie miniseries of this series better than the original.

This is another one that Lifetime could culture into being either a gem of a movie or a kick ass and interesting TV show.  It deals with mental illness-what’s real and what’s not.  I know there’s been that show on TNT, Perception, which touched upon these themes.  But I think Lifetime could make this book into something extraordinary.  Of course, it could be a total bomb too which I would hate to watch.  But if they did it right it would be wow worthy.

Lifetime has done the escaping from a cult trope more than a couple of times, sometimes it comes off better than other times.  I think Mathieu’s book gives them some good material to make a realistic version of how someone escapes one a patriarchal cult.  It doesn’t demonize the people in the cult so much, but at the same time she did address that the group was suppressive and wrong for the main character.

 

 

Random Essay: Canceled Series

This weekend I had a chat with my pen pal about a series of books that was the reason for our friendship, and I was like hmmm, the second installment to the adult spinoff of that series should be published soon.  And for that matter, the author had another series that I was interested in catching up with.

One trip to said author’s blog later, I found out that said series had been basically canceled—ones first draft was being released for a small fee for charity ( a first draft, mind you is probably riddled with grammar and continuity issues, which even though the profits were going to a good cause sort of made me wrinkle my nose that she was charging a fee for this when some author’s have released free proofed content—in some cases entire books) and the other was partially done and being released as well.

The reason behind these cancellations, the author didn’t like the way they turned out and the author’s “heart” was no longer there.

Needless to say,  I did a major eye roll then and promptly started having an interesting chat on Messenger about it with my Pen Pal.

Unfortunately, this author isn’t the only one whose series have mysteriously came to a halt, and for that matter won’t be the last one who pulls stunts like this.  But it really had me fuming and thinking about unfinished series in general.

There are numerous reasons a series can become unfinished: Contract negotiations fail, a publisher decides to not purchase the next installments in a series, the author becomes incapacitated or dies, etc.

I remember before the last Harry Potter novel was released, Rowling mentioned that she had the ending to her bestselling series someplace safe should something happen to her.

But with book series, we don’t usually think that they’ll be suddenly cancelled like television series are.  I think as a television viewer, I’m halfway ready for a show to end at any time.   Let’s face it, series futures are precarious things.   And  it almost seems like the show’s writers are scared too, since a lot of television shows end each and every year’s season finale on a note where it could be the last episode.

But not so much with YA books.

Most YA books series half an arc built to fit a trilogy.  You have the first book that has the general set up with a relatively mild cliff hanger (just enough to get the audience to read the next one, and start presenting the series arc), the second one is the buildup book (and often fails as a result of this) and ends with a very tense cliffhanger, and the third book of course is the finale.

Screeching a series to a half after the first or second installment is obviously going to cause a lot of heartache.

In the two series that I found out were randomly dropped this week, one of them had a more dramatic cliffhanger than the other.  The first series, while there was a definitive ending, there was enough room to move on to the second book.  However, I heard that the first draft that is being released for a small fee is supposed to have one hell of a cliffie.  The second series—the adult spinoff— that was cancelled had one of those nail biting ending, and was in general just a tease.  It was like watching a reunion show without getting to the good characters.  I kid you not, the book ended with the true stars of the series just appearing as the designated cliffie.

Needless to say, I wanted more especially from that second series so finding out that the book has been randomly cancelled leaves me and I’m sure other fans down.

Interestingly enough, sometimes series get picked up years later after they end.  Most notably Meg Cabot’s The Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-U series were picked up years after their first publisher decided to end them because of low sales.

Of course, by then Cabot was a household name amongst YA and there was quite a following amongst these books.  One of the series had a more proper send off than the other, but regardless it was nice to see both series come to a close.

I don’t know why a series cancellation hits me harder in book form than TV.  Maybe in the case of the two series that were recently cancelled it just seemed to come out of left field.  With TV shows, you sort of know when the end is near.  The programming scheduling will get jacked up, the writers will do really crazy things with the show, and the gossip mills will be talking about the various actors looking for other work.  But with books the cancellation is usually not imminent.  There have been a few times I’ve read a book that was supposed to have a sequel that never appeared, and I wasn’t surprised.  But usually even the worse YA series get a proper send off—cough, The Halo trilogy, cough.  So, it really is flummoxing.

YA Books Based on US Political Candidates

Disclaimer: Because this blog does not talk about politics, other than to make fun of Donald Trump’s toupee, this is not an endorsement of any political candidate.  If you know me in real life, you know I do support a certain candidate and that I have been a lifelong member of a certain party (I am trying to be relatively unbiased in this post though).  But this blog post is purely written in jest, rather than being  a thorough analysis on the current state of weirdness in America. If you want to talk about politics with me you can read my Tweets and interact with them when there is a WWE debate on which seems to be like every other day. Note, I am only using the candidates currently in the race.  If I was to you use all of the candidates that originally entered the 2016 election  this post would never end.  

Anyway, without further ordeal.  American  presidential candidates  and YA books.  Note, each selection has a default Harry Potter comparison.  Because, you know, Harry Potter.

 

Hillary Clinton:

Hillary like  protagonists are practical.  They have a plans set out.  However, they might not exactly be the most outgoing of book characters.  They can be arguably polarizing, and people will always talk about them (often negatively).  Hillary protagonists also break ceilings and wear classy pant suits.

  • Kestrel The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski: Much like Hillary, Kestrel can come off as aloof and secretive  and is hated by a lot of people in said book series.  She is a master mind though, and wears classy looking dresses (a far cry from pant suits, but you can’t have everything).
  • Sydney from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Sydney is a planner and isn’t exactly the warmest character.  She does actually wear pant suits too, come to think of it.  Also, there was a big investigation concerning her actions.  However, I don’t think she was interrogated for over eleven hours.  Instead, she was just locked up in an underground Duggar like rehab facility for months.
  • Hermione Granger from Harry Potter:   Hillary probably has the most extensive of policies amongst the candidates, but like Hermione not everyone totally feels her.  Because, you know, not everyone likes hearing about Hogwarts a History.  Much like a lot of people don’t like hearing about policy.  They just like dick jokes, see the last GOP debate.  And Hermione ultimately did get a ministry job which sort of goes to this comparison.  The only thing is I don’t know is  if Hermione wears pant suits.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump himself could be a book character that no one would believe is real.  He has the potential to be either great comic relief or potentially an evil corrupt dictator who Cinder and her friends or someone equally capable would have to defeat.  He is a Lunar, right?  I mean that so explains the ever changing orange hair and the popularity.

  • Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Because that hair is a total indicator that he is a Lunar.  And how he is always on top of the GOP polls despite the shit that spews out of his mouth indicates mind control.  Total Lunar.  Maybe he is Levana back from the dead OMG.
  • Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: While he still has a nose, he could very much be using a forbidden curse to get those votes.
  • That Obnoxious Xenophobe in Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah: Seriously, as bad as the characterization was in this book, someone needs to send it to Mr. Trump.  It shows how obnoxious xenophobes are.  Maybe Mr. Trump would learn something if he read it (doubtful, but maybe).

Bernie Sanders

The idealist.  Whose ideas appear great on paper, but you’re like that would cost me a lot of money in taxes.  Still, he wants to start a “revolution” and YA much like real life likes revolutions so that makes them fairly popular.   Also, he has his own folk album and that would probably make him one of YA’s “musical” geniuses.

  • Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling: Because you could totally see him feeling the Bern in a flying car.  Plus, a lot of Bernie’s policies remind me of Mr. Weasley’s muggle tinkering.  Sort of a little out there, but hey some of them are fairly decent ideas.
  • Cinder in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: While her personality in some regards has flecks of Hillary (she’s breaking glass ceilings with being the first cyborg Lunar queen)  her speeches almost mirror Bernie’s.  I mean, she and all the promo material involving the Lunar Chronicles constantly discussed “the revolution”.  Pretty much all those Winter promos, Bernie speeches.
  • Raif in Exquisite  Captive by Heather Demetrios: He talks a lot about revolutions.  Alas, no mention of the mysterious Wall Street (I looked a lot for a YA character who talked about the 1%, but there wasn’t a lot out there since most YA characters are members of the 1% which is another blog topic for another day).

Ted Cruz:

The character that nobody likes, and thinks he’s always rights, and randomly quotes Princess Bride quotes and makes you wince because-hey, you used to like that book until Teddy started talking about it.

  • Vizzini The Princess Bride  by William Goldman  : Because obviously. It’s inconceivable that Teddy wouldn’t be compared to him
  • Draco Malfoy the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: He doesn’t quote The Princess Bride, but he does think he’s always right.  Although, to Teddy’s credit he hasn’t called anyone a mudblood.  He has insulted several groups of people though not quite as much as Donald Trump  Voldemort.
  • Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Because Teddy sort of has the pious thing going on.   And Collins does make me wince.   BUT luckily Elizabeth didn’t end up with Collins because that would be just ew.

Marco Rubio:

Marco characters are the “golden boy” archetype.  Arguably though, they are the golden boy characters that just don’t live up to their so called “potential”.  Still though, they have a pretty face and doesn’t that make all the difference.  Also Marco characters are known for being a bit robotic.

  • Simon from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: It’s too bad the obvious romance in the GOP party is between Teddy and Trump, because I could totally see Marco playing Simon the “chosen one” character that just can’t get it right and Teddy could be Baz which is akin to Draco.  But it’s obvious that Truz is the ultimate ship of this race (I just threw up a little in my mouth, but seriously you could cut some of the debate scenes and make  a 90’s rom com trailer-you know the love hate kind-with their interactions).
  • Harry Potter  by JK Rowling: If you think about how Harry won the books it was a bit of a Hell Mary.  I think at this point for Marco to win the race he’s need a horcrux.  He didn’t fare so well with his past battles with the Dark Lord.
  • Iko from the Lunar Chronicles: Becuase she’s sort of a robot (android) and she’s pretty.   However, Iko would not fail if she was a golden android.  Just saying.

Joh Kasich:

Um, who are you?  Seriously, the Kasich characters are those that we sort of forget that exists and are like-oh, yeah, that guy.  Often a supporting character who tries to be a main character, these type of characters easily fade to the background but slowly lurk their way to main cast as the book continues.

  • Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter by JK Rowling: Because everyone forgot about Neville until he grew up graduated and got hot and ruled the internet.  Now everyone talks about Neville a lot.
  • JP from the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot:  Because no one saw him becoming a main cast member until he was in your face in book seven.  Up until that time he just had a corn in chili obsession.

 

Shallow Pet Post: Puppies!

The below post features a lot of pictures of my new long haired Chihuahua puppies-Pinky and Brainy (yes, I named them after the 90’s cartoon characters).  I just got them this weekend.  They’re currently living with my mom until after I take the bar here, but you know…puppy pictures.  So,  if you don’t like puppies or extreme cuteness stop reading now.

THe Kids

 

The pups are currently staying at home right now-my mother is holding them in the picture (she hates getting her photo taken, so I’m actually surprised my sister convinced her to take this shot).  Pinky is the white little boy, and Brainy is the dark headed little girl.

Pinky ears

Was sent this picture today.  Apparently his ears have finally popped up.  The vet said it took so long because he’s currently teething (they are 10 1/2 weeks old and weigh a little over two pounds.

Dolly and DP JR

Dolly (my sister’s rat terrier) and Brainy are holding paws.  I think she thinks Brainy is her long lost baby.

IMG_20151011_202841Pinky with my mom’s dog, Baby.  Baby hasn’t been doing the best lately, but she seems to like Pinky.

Candy Corn

Brainy modeling her spiffy candy corn jacket.

Moom

Finally, a photo of Patty (barking) because if I don’t include a picture of her here she’ll be even more jealous than she already is.

How I am Getting Out of My Reading Slump

As you might’ve noticed, I haven’t been reading as much lately.  A lot of this was caused by a unplanned move as well as just general grumpiness about blogging in general (which I’ve already blogged about).  I think I’m finally starting to break out of this funk.  And I think a lot of it had to do with rereading and reading out of genre.  Both have really done wonders.

Honestly, for awhile there I thought about spending an entire month reviewing-reruns.  The only thing is, I don’t want to limit myself to just reading reruns or books that aren’t YA, so I’m not going to have a set month.  But I will be reading a lot of older books in the future.  I think rereads, help me remember what I love about reading.  While I like reading new books, it’s easier to get caught up with stinkers.

 

Besides, I honestly, am having much more difficulty reading bad books than I used too.  When I first started blogging, I found it bearable reading a bad book to dissect them.  I was a creative writing major in undergrad so I did spend my time dissecting stories pulling them a part and to a degree I guess I did that with my law school stuff as well-except pulling cases and dissecting them for relevant case law and all that legal bull shit stuff.

The thing is, it grows tedious pulling apart books and trying to make the reviews original after awhile where it feels like work.  And honestly, some of these authors I just feel sorry for.  I don’t know why they can’t  improve their work.  I just read a book the other month by an author who’s firsts series I thought was pretty much THE worst thing in the world, so I had hopes she’d get better.  Writing the review of her new book (which was worse) than her original series was really hard to do because it just felt like I was beating a dead horse.

Anyway….that’s one of the reasons I’ve been so gunho lately about rereading.  I know what I’m getting into, I’m going to enjoy the experience and you can pick up little things you didn’t notice the first time around.

Also, I’ve been going to more adult titles-particular romance lately.  While I am not huge on fictional sex scenes-because the imagery surrounding intercourse is more often than not gag worthy (seriously, just use freaking penis and vagina, I do not need to be hearing about her inward goddess flower or his quivering member or whatever-because no, just no)-I do enjoy seeing more adult relationships. And I am a sucker for a good historical romance, even if I’m going to have to read through the bullshit of the times-i.e. abusive dickwads.

Plus, changing genres allows the stuff that I usually read to appear fresher and it dampens the frenzy to finish things on a set time table thing which I hate.

Of course, there are some downsides to it.  The TBR pile has grown larger.  But I really don’t care.  It will get read at some point-eventually.

If it gets me out of my reading slump, I really don’t care.

 

Tags and Stuff: Burrito Bowl Tag

Tags are a great way to do a post when you have no idea what to post about.  Bekka over at Pretty Deadly Blog posted this tag the other day and I thought it was a pretty good one to do.  If you want to do it consider yourself tag.

Rice: The Foundation (the book that really got you into blogging).

Well, it was the first book I reviewed.  To be honest, there wasn’t one particular book that got me into blogging.  But this was the book that really got me into the YA genre.

Beans: The Filler (A Book with a Whole lot of Nothing Going On).

There really is nothing to this book except a beautiful cover.  I am okay with so called “nothing” books because they might have significant character development, but this one doesn’t even have that.  Every single aspect of it the characters and plot are filler.  So it is the definition of filler.

Protein: The Building Block (A Quote to Live By).

You’re not a one hundred dollar bill, not everyone is going to like you.

This quote was said by Meg Cabot. Such a truer statement couldn’t be said about life.

Fajitas: The Crunch of Texture (A Book with Immaculate World-Building).

The world building is so intricate in this one, and I don’t even think Ahdieh’s done explaining it.  I’m really looking forward to book two.

Salsa: The Dance of Favor (A Book that Kept You on Your Toes).

The twist in this one just really shocked me and it was so tragic.  Also trying to figure out what was real and what was just a delusion really kept me in wonder throughout this book.

Corn: The Explosion of Sweetness ( A Memorable Scene with Friendship or Romance).

Try like this entire book.  There are so many romantic scenes and scenes of friendship too.  I really like how intricate the interactions were between the characters here.

Cheese: The Bond of Calcium (Two Characters from Different Books You Wish Could be Friends).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would love Rose and Suze to meet and bust ghost and evil vampires together.  I think they would be an interesting pair.  Maybe a little too much alike, come to think of it. But still it would be awesome just to see the interaction of two kick ass characters meeting each other.

Sour Cream: The Tangy Topper (The Quirkiest Character You’ve Ever Read).

Often quirky characters can go into full blown annoying territory.  I’ll admit I sort of got annoyed with Harriet from time to time, but then again her voice could be really refreshing.  I enjoyed hearing her blather about geeky things.

Guacamole: The Cost of Creaminess (A Book You Paid too Much for).

Yeah, I bought this one-I wasn’t really reading reviews back then.  And I felt like I got scammed by those Windows Tech guys after I read it.  But hey, at least I didn’t give Alexandra Adornetto remote control access to my computer.  I only had to use extreme amounts of brain bleach that just don’t seem to work.

 

Lettuce: A Handful of Crispness ( A refreshing concept or theme in a book).

This book was really weird.  Bird alien people and cloud whales.  But something about it really worked. And yeah, not totally but enough where I am very interested to see how things pan out.

Chips: Le Piece de Resistance (A Must-Read Recommendation).
If you haven’t what are you waiting for.  You NEED to read this series.  It is like Sailor Moon meets a stick of awesomenss.
Tobasco: The Kick to the Face (Your Favorite Fight or Action Sequence).
The entire last third of this book.  Epic.  Why couldn’t the rest of the series live those scenes up?

Abandoned Series: A Look at Series I’ve Abandoned

Since blogging, I find I abandon series a lot more than I used to.  I don’t know if it’s because I read a lot more books that normally I wouldn’t and I’m finding that there are way too much time on the world to spend time on series I don’t like or if it’s just because I get bored.  Regardless, I’d thought I’d look at some of these series I abandoned:

I made it to book three in this series where it was said to be ending-it later got a fourth and fifth book tacked on to it.  Honestly, I could care less about America’s daughter or America for that matter and by the third book the series really had lost any sort of charm it may or may not have had.

I read many of the sequels in the original series and several of the bad spinoffs but I quit the omnibus series after it’s first adult installment.  Unlike Meg Cabot’s wonderful continuation to The Princess Diaries series, I did not feel like these characters were themselves anymore.  And I just can’t see Mimi Force staying with Kingsley after he basically cheated on her with an underage girl.

There’s nothing really wrong with the Evernight series I just think it was at that point the market was over saturated with vampire novels and, well, I didn’t really care that much to continue.

Maybe because the sequel was released so many years after the original book.  I actually liked the first book (when I first read it).  Of course, when I reread it I was less than impressed.  But if the sequel would’ve came out before I grew my black critical heart, I probably would’ve been very easily swayed to waste my money on it.

I liked the first one okay, but I wasn’t wooed like some of my fellow bloggers.  I do keep meaning to get to this series again at some point, but I hear the last one is a bit of a downer.  So….

I made it through the second book.  There were just way too many POV in the last one for me to bother and honestly the main leads in this series annoy me to no end.  A lot of people (including my sister) really love this series though.  So, maybe I’ll pick it up again at some point.  Or I’ll just try her other series.

Evie just started to annoy me to the point of no return, and I didn’t want to hate her so I didn’t bother with her swan song.

I liked the first book, but the only way I’ll probably read the rest is if I buy them in a box set since I probably won’t find them at my new library.  And am sort of lazy and don’t want to be reserving each book (I don’t even know if my library has all or any of the books).  Because my preorders are pretty dense till the late summer, I probably won’t be picking them up until late fall.

It was good, but not good enough for me to really care or hold interest in this.  A lot of people love this series though.  I think there’s really only one fae series that works for me and that’s because it’s one smexy book.

Mafi’s prose just gives me a headache.  And I know the endgame and can’t help but go all EW!

The Good, the Bad, the Eh: Trope Analysis

I thought today I’d look at tropes that really work and really don’t work for me and tropes that I’m just sort of eh about.

The Good:

1)  Badass Heroine: I’ll be the first admit I love a  kick ass heroine. I know, I know, the badass main character is a cliche.  Especially when she can kick a guy’s butt who’s three times the size of her.  But….well, I can’t help it when they actually halfway can kick ass I’ll read the book even if it is totally unrealistic.

 

Cinder’s my definition of YA bad ass and so are most of the side characters in this book.  I think that’s one of the reasons it uses this tool so effectively.  And all of the characters are bad ass in their own way.

2) Long Lost Famous/Rich/Royal/Something Other Than a Boring Accountant Parents. Okay, I know it’s sort of embarrassing  because I really like this trope. It can be poorly written on occasion, but I’ve seen a lot of good books that use it.  And I’ll almost always pick it up.

I really like this one because the father character is portrayed in such a realistic way and the relationship with him and the main character seems realistic.  I also liked all the little nuggets of living in political life.

3) Gender Bending: I almost put this on the eh list.  In theory, I love this trope.  And I’ve actually read a few books that I have pulled it off effectively.  I think my problem with it, is that a lot of books don’t make the most of the trope-i.e. they really don’t develop the relationship as much as they should when the character is pretending to be a boy.  I like the idea of having two people love each other regardless of gender, becuase it really shows that love can transcend.  Sadly, you never really see it in these books.

Okay, there are a lot of things wrong with this book.  It is a bodice ripper from either the late 70’s or early 80’s.  The hero is a douche.  The heroine has issues herself, but the gender bending aspect of this novel was done quite well.  She pretends to be a guy for a considerable portion of the story.  And the relationship that she develops with the hero as a guy actually works really well.  It doesn’t go full Mulan territory, but I like the fact that you sort of see these two deal with their feelings.  She has to try to come to terms that he’s not going to be with her because she’s well stuck as a guy.  And he has to wonder why he’s oddly attracted to his girlfriend’s cousin.

The Bad:

1) Insta Love: Ha! Ha! Ha!  No.  I live for banter in books, so…no banter me no gusta.

In hindsight, as far as insta love goes this one is not too bad.  But I feel like it gave the insta love trope a big push.  So, it’s going here.

2) Super Sue: I really cannot stand perfect over powered character who despite having super duper pooper powers can never save the day.

Schuyler is a super Sue.  And it sort of was okay, at the beginning of the series that you could overlook it because there was mystery and intrigue.  And then…well, it feel into the territory that all Sues fall in, you just want to punch them in the face.

3) The Rich Abusive Jerkwad: God.  Someone out there thinks women like abusive men.  We don’t.  But yet, they tend to pop up in the majority of books.  And if there’s a love triangle, you can almost be guaranteed he’ll come out the winner.  Though, I don’t really like the word winner for a love triangle. It’s just such a possessive word.  And I don’t think possession makes for really a healthy relationship.

He tells her what to wear.  He randomly hits guys she’s dating. And he constantly harasses her. Yet, Travis Maddox is somehow the hero of this story.  Rolls eyes.

The Eh:

1) Love Triangles: Love triangles more often than not don’t work.  They can be done right though.  And when done right I can appreciate them.  But most of the time they’re just eye roll worthy and usually I’m like-why are two guys drooling over HER.

I really like how this love triangle works because there is one obvious right guy, but the situation with him makes it impossible to where the main character can end up with him.  While the other guy, is totally there but in a lot ways totally wrong.  If you haven’t read it yet, pick up The Mediator series.  This is Cabot at her best.

2)Royalty: Funny thing is, I actually like contemporary royalty.  But I find I get annoyed with it when it is used in  fantasy.  I think because it’s used almost in every single fantasy I read.  Seriously, there’s always some sort of lost princess or something.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I’d just rather have my lost princess be more of the Mia Thermopolis persuasion.

As cheesy and as trashy as this book was, I can’t help but kind of love it.  I know, I only gave it a B+ (three and a half  stars) but in hindsight it really sort of stuck with me and it really was a good book.

3) Friends to Lovers: In theory I love this idea.  But a lot of time, it just doesn’t end up working.  I think because I just have to wonder why a lot of the time when I read these.  And generally  it’s either one of two cases 1) the guy’s a jerk or 2) the couple just lacks chemistry. However, on a rare occasion that this does work these can be the sweetest stories.

I loved this book but the relationship between the two main characters sort of had the ick factor.  Mainly, because St. Clair is sort of a douche to his ex girlfriend and Anna.  I did oddly ship it though, but it was an ick ship (meaning, a ship I really shouldn’t ship-much like how I ship Rumbelle on Once Upon a Time even though the relationship is obviously very unhealthy).

Unpopular Opinons Tag

Christina from A Reader of Fictions posted this tag and I thought it looked pretty cool, so I’m giving it a shot.  If you’re interested in it consider yourself tagged-I’m really bad at picking individual people to tag because it reminds me of selecting teams and how awkward is so I’m just going to bypass that.

A book or series that everyone seemed to hate but you loved:

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the sequel in this series, but I really liked the first book.  And a lot of my friends didn’t.  There were a lot of nice things that I loved.  The use of language.  And I actually (don’t hate me) sort of liked the Athena ship in the first book.  In the second book, it was disastrous for the goddess’s character but in the first one I was like yay!  Ship!

A love triangle that didn’t end the way you wanted it to.

Really, who shipped Rose with Dimitri?  Okay, a lot of people.  But Adrian was just awesome and didn’t deserve that.  And I know that I did end up loving Sydrian, but a part of me still wanted my happily ever with Adrian and Rose-at least when I revisit Vampire Academy.

A book genre you hardly ever reach for.

Eh, I’m not a fan of dystopia.  I’ve read some of it-when it was basically all you could find on the shelves, but if I have the choice and if it isn’t highly recommended to me, I probably won’t pick it up.  The reason why, most of them seem awfully formulaic and rely on vague world building.  The Selection is a really good example of a YA dystopia that doesn’t work.  However, unlike most of these books I actually had hope for this one.  Mainly because there seemed to be  a lighter almost fluff feel  to the book based off of the premises, but the actual exection.   Oy Vey.

A popular or beloved character you did not like.

I am not a fan of Ginny Weasley.  And it’ s not because I despise Hinny almost as much as I despise Heron-seriously, that one is so headed to Magical Divorce Court.  I get why Jo wanted OBHWF (One Big Happy Weasley Family), but it was forced.  Whatevs.  The character Ginny was hardly well formed.  Other than knowing she was Ron’s somewhat pretty sister that Harry randomly decided he wanted to bone after Cho Chang and him didn’t work out  I don’ t know anything about her.  And she’s even worse in fannon.

A popular author you just can’t enjoy.

I really tried  with this series and a short story of hers, but I just don’t think I was in the mood.  Everyone raves about Laini Taylor.  I might try to pick up her stuff later on, but her use of language is so rich that I literally have to pay more attention than I usually do when I read so….yeah, probably not.

A popular trope you’re tired of:

Sick lit.  I just can’t get behind it.  Maybe it’s because I had a cousin die fairly young from cancer, but I really can’t get behind these stories.  There’s just something that rubs me the wrong way with them.  It’s  like how can you make having a terminal illness romantic?  Or think the story is poignant?  To me it’s just a cheap ploy that will cause you to use a box of Kleenexes. And on that note, I guess it’s bad for the environment too.

A popular series you have no interest in reading.

I hear the first book’s great, but after that it sort of goes down hill.  Plus, I’ve been spoiled about the ending and it just seems so stupid to me.  Oh, and did I mention it’s a dystopia….

A TV show/movie that was better than the book.

 

Yes, I like the Disney movie a LOT better than the original fairytale.  Because 1) the original fairytale is depressing, 2) it’s borderline macabre with the whole cutting out the tongue thing, and 3) there’s a not so nice moral lesson learned in it that I hate.  The Disney version might have an idiotic main character but it has Prince Eric, amazing animation, and the music.