REVIEWS: An Ember in the Ashes, City of Fae, The Truth About Us a.k.a nope, wth?!, yawnfest

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An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Published April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
YA > Fantasy | Romance
400pages (paperback)
purchased

 

2 ★★

 

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If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

 

REVIEW:

 

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If ever there’ll be a sequel, I don’t think I’ll read it.

I did not hate the book. But I didn’t overly loved it either. I’ve always been the odd one out and I’m not even sorry.

There’s only two reasons why I read this book. 1) because of the hype, 2) because I feel like I haven’t read much from this genre. Other than that, I wouldn’t even give this another glance.

Sabaa’s writing was indeed phenomenal, I love how even though I was not enjoying the story that much, she still kept me reading. Her worlds and characters reminds me of Brandon Sanderson (w/c is the only high fantasy author that works for me) and because of that, it gave me reason to just keep on reading. This book is creative and touches every possible thought provoking theme you can think of. There were messages hidden along Sabaa’s plots and dialogues that made me admire her as an author. I really want my book meaningful and thought provoking even its fantasy (maybe especially because its fantasy)

But I just noticed that my problems of the book was outnumbering the good ones. Most are just personal, but some are the way it was written/executed.

The romance aspect was such a soap opera. It’s like a love triangle gone awry. And it might seem petty but, again, I’m not sorry. I’m a huge romance reader so I notice this things. And it also affects my reading a lot. There were two leads and each of them have their own love interest… and then by the near end, something just happened between them that I honestly believed isn’t necessary at all.

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It was better left alone but for some reason, the author still did the whole thing. I was sad about this. And confused. And also frustrated.

Another one is how I feel disconnected towards these two main leads. And how they frustrate me and just… makes me want to put the book down. They actually bore me. Yes, I WAS BORED. The female main character was whiny, You might tell me, ‘HEY SHE DID GROW!’ Well, here’s what I’m going to say.. ‘REALLY? DID SHE REALLY? LAIA DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE. HER ‘CHARACTER GROWTH’ was not something she instilled in herself. And honestly, I didn’t feel genuineness from her, Now, Elias… just plainly bored me, I.. actually forgot his name, Its like, I don’t care. AT ALL.

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Another thing: It’s like a rape fest. I’m irritated and annoyed. I don’t know why does this thing keep coming up every. freaking. time. There was no actual rape that was graphically written. But it was mentioned, like, every chapter. I totally get it. I AM AWARE ABOUT THE RAPES. I find it annoying that ‘rape’ was kept plastering in my face. I know that the book was supposed to be ‘dark and edgy’ and all that. But is repeating the word rape million times the way to go?

And lastly, it was boring and it DOESN’T MAKE SENSE AT ALL. At least to me, Oh goodness it was dragging. Like, DRAGGING. I’m surprised I didn’t DNF. I was really curios about the hype that is surrounding this book, And it makes me sad that I don’t see it.

Where is it? WHERE

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I’m not even gonna put here if I recommend this or not because I know you’ll still read it anyway. And yes, please do so. This book isn’t bad but its not THE BEST either. I believe that it will work on certain readers. If you LOVED it, that’s awesome, But if not, like me, then that’s cool. Giving this book a low rating isn’t a sin against to anybody.

 

 

 

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City of Fae
Pippa DaCosta
Published May 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
NA > Fantasy | Paranormal
336pages (ebook)
 arc via publisher

 

2 ★★

 

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From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.

 

REVIEW:

 

Oh my god this book.

I was expecting awesome things from this novel. I mean, with that cover!? Of course expectation of awesomeness wouldn’t be avoided, That’s why I’m so sad. Because what I read was so far from awesome. Let me remind you what my face looked like while reading it.

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Think about this, the book tells us that FAE’S lives with the human now, And yet, throughout the novel, only 2-3 fae’s among humans were introduced. Most of them have 2-3 lines only. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT.

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Next, FAE’S ARE WITH THE HUMANS, RIGHT? So when our heroine found out that there was a FAE WORLD, she was so shocked! Shocked! Because hello!!?!?? Why would she expect that there’s such a place like that even if Fae’s are already living in their world.

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Next, our supposed-to-be-smart heroine can’t stop moistening her lips!! Anastasia Steele syndrome??? Most likely.

Next, humans can’t ever touch the FAES because once they do, Fae will steal something from them. Their essence or their soul, honestly at this point, I’m not paying much attention anymore (and this was mentioned in the start) But of course!!! Our heroine and love interest can’t resist each other. They are ‘fighting’ it. Suuuuuure.

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The romance in this book reminds me so much of FSoG, I KID YOU NOT. MC is a journalist. And also an idiot. And let me tell you, that’s not a good combination.

Lastly: LOVE QUADRUPLE. Is this a thing now!? I get that you want drama, but two people can achieve that you know.

The idea/concept of this book was really kind of fresh. But the execution, the way the story was constructed. This strongly needs a lot more work. From the start, you’ll feel that there’s something wrong about this already. And the world building? Honestly, where!?!??! And the characters. MC is so dumb, she makes me want to hurt someone. Love interest is so arrogant, he makes Christian Grey looks like an angel.

And yep, this is still my face while writing this.

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The Truth About Us
Janet Gurtler
Published April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA > Contemporary | Romance
320pages (ebook)
arc via publisher

 

DNF

 

 

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A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I’m Not Her that’s “Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult.”-Booklist
The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She’s made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she’s paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.
The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit in your world… might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.

 

Review:

 

Jess is the rich girl who is acting out. Flynn is from the wrong side of the tracks. And I’m the reader who doesn’t care at all.

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I kinda understand Jess. I mean I get it, you have money, you feel like nobody loves you, dysfunctional family– you really tend to act out. An her self realizations and her desire to grow was admiring. I like that about her. She knows she’s messed up and she decided to needs to change.

Now Flynn on the other hand. Oh the hurty feelings!!! Flynn is so complicated, sometimes I wonder if he has the problem of the whole earth in his shoulders.

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So tired of guys who doesn’t know what he wants. He pulls her then pushes back.

WHAT DUDE?!! WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT!!!!

Look, I KNOW. He has issues.Please don’t assume that life is is easy on me and I’m making fun of Flynn, we all have issues. And I get Flynn. But the way Flynn is coping is so not helping him. Jess of course doesn’t get all this because she’s more into her romance dilemna. I MEAN HELLO, PRIORITIES!!!! And there’s also this thing that Flynn did towards the that is so unbelievable!!!! I can’t believe Jess forgave him so fast. It must be ~**true love**~

Janet Gurtler does have a very beautiful way of writing. But as pleasant as that was, my annoyance just keeps popping and my supposed to be swoony feeling didn’t show. I still recommend this book. I just think it’s not for everybody. I had some issues but there’s a chance you might enjoy it more.

Paula

12 thoughts on “REVIEWS: An Ember in the Ashes, City of Fae, The Truth About Us a.k.a nope, wth?!, yawnfest

    1. YAY. That really is my main goal, Zoey.

      |And I know what you mean, Zoey. anyways, I’m always the odd one out and like I mentioned, I’m not even sorry 😀

  1. omfggggggg Paula you are cracking me up!!! Haha. I think I laughed out loud with each of these.

    Re: Ember: I COMPLETELY AGREE but I didn’t think the writing was phenomenal, though. It was so juvenile to me, very telling than showing, and that romance was seriously so stupid. Helene turns you on, but Laia does, too? SO WHICH IS IT, ELIAS?! And the pseudo-rape scene left an ill taste in my tongue.

    Re: City of Fae: SOUNDS PREDICTABLE. UTTERLY PREDICTABLE AND IDIOTIC. I wish there was more conflict in this than the “I cannot touch you but I really do omg end of the world”. I can deal life without that bok.

    Re: The Truth About Us: I’m not even going to bother with this book!
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  2. I’m one of those people who if the writing is good, everything else just goes in the “I don’t really care” trash can in my brain, haha! The writing is just 90% of what I look for in a good book. 🙂 Hopefully that will lead me to like Ember more? You can’t see me, but my fingers are crossed. It’s either this book will be fantastic for me, or it could be the complete opposite and I’d hate its guts, haha.

    I love how Jenny designed the City of Fae cover, and I’m so sad that you didn’t like it. D: The “fighting it” kind of romance is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves ever! And I think you mean love square, or maybe love quadrilateral? xD Either way, NO THANKS.

    I have a feeling that I’ll like Flynn more than you. Guys with issues seem to worm their way into my heart. xD But that unforgivable thing he did… THANKS FOR SCARING ME, PAULA.
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  3. I heard about the 3 books but I’m only reading the second one… I really hope it will be better for me because for now I saw 2 mixed reviews…

  4. Nothing wrong with being the odd one out Paula! More often than not, i feel like i’m the one that’s a bit weird. I’ve been hesitant about An Ember in the Ashes since it seems to either work for some readers or it completely doesn’t. And that doesn’t give me all that much hope. Also, i wasn’t a big fan of The truth About Us either. It didn’t add anything new to the genre for me. it was the exact same story we’ve all read countless times before *yawn*
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  5. I’m actually in the finale few chapters in An Ember in the Ashes and absolutely love it, except for the constant mention of rape and the romance. Everyone seems to be double dipping. I love my fellow mask, she loves me, so now I don’t love her. I love the slave, who seems to want me, but is clearly lusting after the ranga who she sneaks off to meet. Come on, they are one partner away from a swingers convention. And the use of the word rape is overdone. yes, they’re supposed to be brutal. Have them killing one another in their sleep even, but I find it hard to believe that a woman wold allow groups of young men to commit brutal sexual crimes, but they get whipped if they don’t pay attention. And where do they get the cash to pay for the hookers? Clearly a well spent use of taxpayers money.

    I’m so disappointed to hear how horrid City of Fae is. I was looking forward to reading that one and on a nit of a fantasy kick at the moment too. It’s hard to invest in a romance where there’s just too many love interests. Going to put that one on the backburner for a while me thinks.

    Awesome reviews Paula and hopefully the next book you pick up, you’re able to enjoy much much more <3
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  6. I’m sorry that none of the books worked out for you 🙁 I’ve been most excited about An Ember in the Ashes, seeing now that almost every blogger out there hyped over it. But now I’m kind of doubtful after seeing your review of it. I mean, I can’t handle whiny protagonists AT ALL 🙁 That’s the main aspect that could really turn me off from a book. I’m also sorry that you had to DNF The Truth About Us. 🙁 That really sucks. Hopefully you have a better book to read next!! 🙂
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  7. Sorry that you couldn’t like any of these as much as you wanted to, and I am impressed that you got all the way through the first two! I never intended to read the latter two but I do want to try An Ember in the Ashes.
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