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Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

15728577 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 18, 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 336 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? 

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

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If I was asked to describe this book in one word, it would be ANNOYING. While it wasn’t a flat out horrible book, Side Effects May Vary disappointed me. First of all, the writing style was very confusing. It’s told by our two main characters’ point of views: Harvey’s then and now point of view and Alice’s then and now point of view. What makes it more complicated is that there is no pattern; at times it will be “Harvey then” and then “Alice now” then “Alice now” and then “Harvey now” then “Harvey then” etc. It’s inconsistent and I sometimes I got the settings mixed up. I found myself confused whether or not I’m reading an event that happened in the past, or if that event is occurring in the present.

The biggest thing that bothered me in this book were the characters. I HATED them all except for Alice’s dad. First of all, Alice, our main character who has cancer, is a #$!%&. That is all. Throughout the book I just wanted to smack her face, and hope she trips over and hit herself at the edge of a table. Nah, that’s too mean. But yeah, she was so annoying, BUT she is MEANT to be like that because that’s just how her personality is. I also hate how she treats her BEST friend since fetus, Harvey. What I don’t like about Harvey is that he is letting himself be used by Alice! He’s such a push over! But what I love about him is that he really loves Alice, and saves her no matter how bad Alice treats him. There are other annoying characters in this book as I mentioned, but these two are the ones who got on my nerves the most.

What I also did not like was the romance. Oh gosh. It’s basically like this:

Harvey: I love you, Alice!
Alice: I love you too, but we can’t be together even if our parents are rooting for us!
Harvey: Okay *finds another girl*
Alice: You jerk! Why are you with her!? I love you! *finds a guy*
and you get the point.

What I did LOVE was the ending, and no guys, I did not love it because it ended hahaha, I loved it because there was this mystery and the pace finally picked up. I really like how the story wrapped up.

Overall, this book was more on how Harvey’s and Alice’s relationship evolved than how Alice’s go through cancer. Some people did love this book though, but I suggest you borrowing it from the library first if you want to read it.

Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: September 17, 2013 by Scholastic, Inc.
Series: #2 (The Raven Cycle)
Length: 416 pages
Source: Scholastic, Inc. (ARC)

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….”

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Confusing. My reaction on the first 350 pages was “what the actual eff is happening?!”. Seriously. What did I just read? The blurb basically sums up what this book is about. It’s literally all about Ronan’s dreams, Gansey finding more about the ley line, and Blue wondering who her true love is. There are some new characters in this book, and I still do not understand what their relevance is to the story. I’m like “uhh hi, who are you?”. I felt like the supporting characters were intruders that randomly came in my house! I didn’t know who they were!  Ronan is an interesting character though, but I couldn’t really relate to him. He’s not really a memorable character for me (well all the characters in this book isn’t memorable for me).

The only thing I liked about The Dream Thieves is the ‘feel’ of the book. The atmosphere. I like how it’s written in 3rd person point of view because it gave that mysterious vibe while reading. I just didn’t like how it was so confusing and frustrating! The random switching of point of view DID NOT HELP AT ALL! The last 100 pages (maybe less than that) finally made sense which is not good because I should be able to understand the story from the beginning. Overall it’s a ‘blah’ book for me, and I would not re-read this again.

Review: Fae by C.J. Abedi

Fae Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 30, 2013 by Diversion Books
Series: #1
Length: 471 pages
Source: Diversion Books (ARC)

The battle between Light and Dark is about to begin.

Caroline Ellis sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until she begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth is revealed.

Devilyn is the only one of the Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark.”

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I didn’t enjoy reading this book at all. I found myself bored a lot of times and I forced myself to finish it. One thing was on my mind when I finished it.. “YES! I’M DONE!” There was A LOT of redundancy with words, descriptions, and scenes. From start to finish, it was 90% about romance. It was romance, romance, romance! I lost count on how many times our male protagonist, Devilyn, told us how much he cared about Caroline, how much he loved her, how much he wanted to touch her, how much he wanted to see her, how much he wanted to protect her, how much he cared about Caroline, how much he loved her, how much he wanted to touch her.. YEAH I know I said things twice because this book is like that! Devilyn was so redundant and I didn’t care what he felt anymore. Um, when is the Fae & magik part going to come, you ask? Well there’s about 18 pages per chapter and there was only 3 pages about magik per chapter and the rest of the chapter about Devilyn saying “I have to protect Caroline, but I have to stay away from her.” Um WHAT? How can you protect her if you keep pushing her away and instead hurt her feelings by being in a relationship with a snobby cheerleader?

I didn’t like Caroline either. I did at first, but everything that she said became redundant like Devilyn which made her an annoying character. I thought it was weird how she thought Devilyn spoke like he wasn’t a high school student because he used big words, but all of a sudden at the end, Caroline started speaking like she wasn’t a high school student either. For example “as you wish” and there were other phrases that Caroline wouldn’t say but said it anyways. That was definitely an inconsistency with her character.

There was also instalove and some of the things Devilyn would say was so cheesy and corny. Yeah, the romance… is like Lady Gaga’s song.. Bad Romance (because the romance was really bad, you get it?) *badum tsss*. It could’ve been so much better! I like the concept of having Devilyn as a king and wanting to save the future Fae queen which is Caroline, but the romance took over the plot. If there was less romance and more action (there wasn’t any action, guys) then I would’ve liked this book. There was also a lot of info-dumping and I thought those information could’ve been given to us readers in a better way. I do like some of the supporting characters though. I liked Teddy (Caroline’s best friend) and her dog Famous. Overall I didn’t enjoy this book and there’s a lot of room for improvement.


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