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Books I Did Not Finish: Mini Reviews & Giveaways

I do my best to finish every book I start. I do. I even finished Blue Moon by Alyson Noel and I hated it going in.

I hardly ever write negative reviews or don’t finish a book because I usually have great success at picking books I know I’ll enjoy.

I failed three times so far this year. But my loss is your gain. So, after reading these brief mini reviews of why I didn’t finish these books and you feel like it’s a book you may enjoy, fill out the embedded form letting me know which books you are or are not interested in receiving my used copies. 🙂

Adult

Ghostland by Jory Strong (author signed, not personalized) (book is in used condition, the corners are curled a bit)

Adult, Erotic/Fantasy/Romance 

Summary (Amazon.com)

Welcome to a postapocalyptic world, where the afterlife holds beings that only the bravest can summon-or dare to desire.
Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey must enter the "ghostlands" to save a wealthy man’s mistress. But there’s a price to pay for her power: She must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym-and yield to his savage, sensual rage.
Zurael intends to kill Aisling after she’s served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more he tastes her innocent spirit, the more he’ll use his fiery touch to keep her hungry for his mercy-even as they weave an erotic spell that he cannot escape…

I think I made it a little over half way through this book. I love the cover!

I didn’t finish it because the romantic relationship in this book was not realistic to me. They began having sexual relations (very erotic) without knowing each other. That just gets under my skin. I ended up hating the book so I stopped reading it. 🙁 There’s a follow up book to this as well. Spider-Touched but I don’t know anything about it. It too has a great cover.

Young Adult

The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones (ARC edition, practically brand new)

Summary (tearcollector.com)

Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire – one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Her job as a grief counselor at the hospital provides the perfect cover to keep this secret safe, and any time a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, she is there. Only Cass has grown tired of living a lie and wants to live like a human, especially now that she has found someone worth fighting for.

I picked this up at BEA because the cover drew me in. A guy crying?! Cool! Then I read the back: “a new kind of vampire—one who feeds off tears instead of blood”! Awesome! Original!

I got to page 22. I could not like the main character Cassandra Grey. She was totally bitchy. Unlikeable and not relatable. I could not subject myself to her for one more page let alone 241 more pages. I also have read some not so great reviews from other bloggers, therefore, I don’t feel so bad not finishing it. I thought the premise was a truly unique idea. Too bad.

 

Another Faust by Dina & Daniel Nayeri (ARC edition, gently used)

Summary (Amazon.com)

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

Another one that I wanted while at BEA but they ran out so the publisher shipped me a copy. I love this cover.

I read a great deal of this one, page 205. I just got disinterested in it. I didn’t like any of the characters. There were a little too many to really connect with them. There wasn’t any main character besides Madame Vileroy, who isn’t someone I wanted to connect with. I wasn’t really intrigued by the whole Faust element either. I basically found this book a bit confusing. There was a little too much going on. I guess that’s bound to happen when there are supposed to be five main characters.

I read that the Nayeri’s will have more books in the future. I will give them another try.

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Jess Sig

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Posted in Did NOT Like

Blue Moon (Immortals, Book 2) by Alyson Noel

GIVEAWAY is Closed! Winner Announced HERE!

Blue Moon (Immortals, Book 2) by Alyson Noel

St. Martin’s Griffin (July 7, 2009)

304 pages

$9.99 (Amazon.com, 08/26/09)

Blue Moon

I won this signed copy from a contest held by The Book Butterfly. It’s such a nice blog I couldn’t help but enter even though I wasn’t a fan of the first book, Evermore. You can read my review of Evermore HERE. I honestly didn’t think I’d win but I did. I read the book. I wasn’t a fan of Alyson’s first book but since I won the book I was willing to give this series a second chance.

Plot: 1

Setting: 5

Writing: 2

Originality: 4

Characters: 3

Passion: 4

Overall: 19/30 = 63% D

Cover/Title Bonus: 5

Summary (Alyson’s web site)

Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.
Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day…

 

Excerpt

Read an excerpt on her web site.

Plot

So Ever has powers and Damen is teaching her how to use them. They are also trying to “get closer”, if you know what I mean. If you read my review of Evermore you might have remembered that I thought this would be addressed in the follow up novel but I was guessing that it wouldn’t. I was right. They do make plans but they run into the issue of Damen’s “illness”. There’s a new guy character who’s shaking things up. It is all so horribly and terribly predictable. I couldn’t wait to get to the end. I almost DNF this book but I wanted to see how Alyson wrapped it all up. Alyson takes the LONG way around a plot line.

Setting

Summerland is awesome. That I will give to Alyson. She has created a place that I would love to go to for a few hours a day. Damen’s house is another great place. These are two places that I would recognize instantly if I were suddenly dropped into either.

Writing

It’s final. I can not read another book by Alyson Noel. I gave this one a try because I won it. I had no intention of buying it to read it. The beginning was great. Then we meet Roman and the story goes to shit. The middle of the book is fluff, procrastination, self blame, denial, second guesses and complete rubbish. The end of the book was just terrible! Why even write this book!? It got us no where but back at the beginning but now with a whole new obstacle to overcome. I have no faith in Ever and Damen’s relationship. It’s too sad and I will not wait around while the author drags me through the chaotic mess she’s made of Ever’s life.

Originality

The Immortal concept is good. The land of Summerland is amazingly original. The new twist that will be the major issue in the next book is a BIG issue and I can just see how that’ll turn out.

Characters

Ever and Damen are cuter than ever in the beginning. Then they’re introduced to Roman the new kid at school. Roman seems transfixed on Ever. Ever is instantly repelled from Roman either because she’s jealous or because he’s dangerous…..

Damen suffers from his oh so “mysterious” illness. Ever is a complete moron but it’s not her fault. I blame the author. I know I’m mean and I can’t stand that I’m reacting this way to this book but I can NOT help it. The book infuriated me.

MAN! This is the hardest review I’ve written since Evermore! I couldn’t stand Ever in this book. Is she blind? Why is she so slow at solving this not so mysterious mystery? Yes, I’m writing a review with QUESTIONS! Questions that are abundant in this book!

Ever says it nicely on page 278:

“Get to the point,”

Yes! Please, get to the POINT!

Passion

Yes, there’s passion very early in this book. Ever and Damen want to get it on but Ever is hung up on the fact that Damen is, like OMG 600 years old! And she’s a measly 16 years old with no experience in “that” department.

I freaking couldn’t stand this! Sure if I were her I’d be like “yikes” but I would look beyond that fact and if I truly loved the guy I’d get over it fast. You know, hormones and everything are RAGING at that age.

After watching True Blood and seeing that the vampire Jessica was a virgin before being turned and she loses it with Hoyt but then her hymen grows back because of her healing abilities. Will Ever suffer from the same thing? We probably will NEVER find out so why am I even thinking that far ahead?! Has Alyson thought of this though? Have you?

Overall

I hated it. I think the concept was good but the outcome was terrible. Am I ruined because I’m older? (26 years old) Or is Alyson’s vision of the fantasy so twisted that she removed her self and didn’t think about how smart her readers are? I was literally skipping entire paragraphs towards the end of this book. I’d had enough of the fluff and wanted results. I was tired of hearing what Ever didn’t know and was questioning herself about. GET A MOVE ON! I honestly think this book should NOT have been written in the first person. A third person point of view would have been a lot better. Or at least trying to make it UNpredictable. You think?

Cover/Title Bonus

The title and cover are perfect. Although the reasoning for the Blue Moon are still all wrapped around the poorly handled plot.

Other Reviews

The Book Reader – New Moon copy cat

Ticket to Anywhere – 5 out of 5 stars

Shooting Star Mag – 5/5

Ravenous Reader – YYY 1/2

The Sweet Bookshelf – 3

Blood Bookaholic – 4.5 hearts

Frenetic Reader – 8.5/10

GreenBeanTeenQueen – 5/5 stars

Sarah’s Random Musings – 88/100 or B

The Story Siren – 5 stars = It was amazing

The Ladybug Reads – 1.4 out of 5

Book By Their Cover – 2.5 stars out of 5

Trailer


Heck, don’t bother reading the book! Just watch this trailer!

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I know this review was harsh. I apologize to both fans of Alyson and to Alyson too. She must connect with readers because she is selling books. I applaud her for that but I just don’t get it. I know I’m not alone as I’ve had some people comment on my Goodreads status updates agreeing with me.

Did you read this series? Do you agree with me about it being so predictable? Or do you disagree completely? Did you review Blue Moon? Put your link in your comment. I’m interested in other’s reviews.

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Jess Sig