Also known as "mini reviews" for books I didn't enjoy or DNF'd
Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul WestonTo be honest, I am really curious about the people who are 4 and 5 starring this book on Goodreads. Perhaps, I didn't read the same book. Maybe I was given a magical book that transformed Blues for Zoey into something flat, boring, and lackluster. I barely made it 30% before I wanted to fall asleep with my Kindle. Kaz was a boring, cookie-cutter character who fell in love with Zoey, his manic pixie dream girl (complete with pink hair). I found myself rolling my eyes more than caring about the characters. While I really wanted to like this book, there was simply nothing that drew me in.I gave this book 1 star on my Goodreads.
Love and Other Theories by Alexis BassI did finish this book, but it was a hard one to plow through. While I understood the author's intention to create a world where high school girls are catty, flirty, and carefree, I didn't like it one bit. The amount of girl hate, even when it is acknowledged in the end, was too much to make the book enjoyable. I didn't feel like the characters were redeemable enough at the end of the novel, which left me frustrated and wanting vengeance (Ladies, girl hate is soooo unnecessary!). The only enjoyable quality was that Alexis Bass does provide some decent writing, and a handful of lines that make you stop and think.I gave this book 3 stars on my Goodreads.
Love, Lucy by April LindnerI had a few issues with this book. It was by no means completely terrible, but it was pretty hard for me to give it any kind of good rating, because it frustrated me so completely. My biggest problem was with the main character. I like female (and male) characters who know who they are and know their mind. Lucy had a lot of issues making decisions and sticking to them, and that made me roll my eyes a bit. I also had a problem with the whirlwind romance. I just didn't connect to the romance like I did with other books. I've read my share of romances about finding love in a different country and all that jazz but this one was just a little more flat than I thought it should have been in order to make the impact Lindner needed. The emotions needed to be stronger and her tie to one boy or the other (because, yes, there is a love triangle of sorts) should have been clearer. I felt like the author herself wasn't very decisive when it came to the characters, and that made itself evident in the story.I gave this book 1.5 stars.
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
This book was not exactly what I expected. I honestly don't know what i expected at all from this book, but it left me with an odd feeling. i will say that I wasn't a huge fan of how this book was written. Her style was just a little different and sometimes difficult to read. It goes between a couple different narratives which threw me for a second, but after the initial shock, I got used to it. But even still, I never felt 100% comfortable with the way the story was being conveyed to the reader. One thing I did like is the realistic characters. they were kind of ugly people, and very very human. I found the theme of humanity very interesting and the only thing that I really liked in this story.
I gave this book 3 stars.