REVIEW: Tape by Steve Camden & The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine a.k.a grand can-YAWN.

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TITLE:Tape
AUTHOR:Steven Camden
PUBLICATION: Published January 30th 2014 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 363pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (edelweiss)
RATING: 2 ★★

 

 

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Have you ever seen a book that you desperately WANT to like? Yeah, its TAPE for me. I’m big at books that includes music and/or time traveling plot. This one doesn’t have the music aspect, but the time traveling (sort of) aspect is very much present.

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Ameliah and Ryan is connected more than a tape. Ameliah is from 2013 and Ryan is from 1993. But they found a way to talk to each other.. and how is that? I DO NOT KNOW BECAUSE IT WASN’T EXPLAINED VERY WELL. IT MUST BE MAGIC. Anyway, the bigger question here is.. What’s the connection between Ameliah and Ryan??

I was close to the middle part when I already figured it out! I know, I’m smart like that! or…. maybe the book is just too dull to keep me guessing. Or….. the book is too predictable. I was so tempted to DnF this but I promised myself to play nice to books now. I don’t wanna DNF BOOKS ANYMORE AND I want to be a changed Book Reviewer. HA. So as a result, I WAS BORED to tears.

First of all, it was really slow to start. Like, I know we have to be introduced to the characters, but seriously..we have to get passed that! The characters, even though they did nothing but blab out their life to me, I still feel unattached to them. I ACTUALLY FORGOT THEIR NAMES while I was reading it.

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The romance was not believable at all. OF COURSE, its insta-love. They met, had an eye contact and suddenly they’re soulmates???????

BS.

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And as I mentioned above, the plot itself was not explained thoroughly. There’s a lot of unanswered stuff that really bothered me. And yeah, I WAS NOT SATISFIED.

Hmmm, TAPE has a 3 good things though:

1. The cover has Tape in it. SEE?
2. The cover is yellow.
3. The cover is yellow… and HAS A TAPE IN IT.

THAT IS ALL.

 

 

 

 

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TITLE:The Lost Boys (The Lost Boys #1)
AUTHOR:Lilian Carmine
PUBLICATION: Published October 24th 2013 by Ebury Digital
GENRE: YA > Romance | Paranormal
SOURCE: e-arc via (netgalley)
PAGES: 512pages (kindle edition)
RATING: 1 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart?

Having moved to a strange town, sixteen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.

But Tristan Halloway is not what he seems. And there’s a very good reason why he’s always to be found roaming between the gravestones in the local cemetery…

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“..I thought about how odd it was being sad at the idea of not seeing someone I’d just met two days ago, someone I barely knew. Tristan had made such a big impact on my life already

 

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“…someone I barely knew..”

 

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“…two days ago…”

 

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This book really has potential. And it was wasted. Because of this: !!!!! And this: !!!!! and a lot more of this: !!!!!!!!

The Lost Boys a.k.a The abundance of !!!! The repetition of very bugged me too. I guess very is the author’s favorite word.

This is an example of Insta-Love gone wrong (okay what’s new with that) well, this went horribly wrong.

 

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HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW THE GUY (even if he’s cute or not) YOU DO NOT FOLLOW LIKE A PUPPY, BECAUSE IDK, YOU MIGHT GET KILLED OR SOMETHING. But of course our protagonist, Joe, is a smart and genius girl who doesn’t listen.

“My resolve to get the hell away from him faltered and vanished in the brightness of his smile”

 

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I still gave Joe a chance though, I’m not that ruthless. And I admit that the plot is really mystifying. When I’m trying to ignore the abundance of exclamation marks and Joe’s losing brain cells, I focus more on story. I really want to know the guy’s secret and how did he become a ghost. The book also said that Joe was kind of a witch so that aspect should be exciting but it still failed to deliver. I understand that this is a first in a series but I can’t ignore that the teen drama was taking over the whole book.

Character development was Nada! in this book. Which sucks because it was badly needed. The characters were all over the place. It’s like the author don’t have a concrete idea on how her characters should act. I wasn’t impressed on how things ended too so NO, I won’t be reading the second book. I’m doing it for my own good.

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