DNF Report: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

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Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

Erin Jade Lange

Publication: 2/16/2016

*No Rating*

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“The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

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DNF at 42%

I’m going to be honest: I started reading this book a long time ago and put it down.  I tried to pick it back up but within the first 5 minutes of reading I was annoyed again at how stupid these characters were.

For some reason all four teenagers think that it would be better to steal an SUV than to either a) hide in the woods and wait for the cops to be gone or b) just let the cops find them and get a ticket for underage drinking, which THE MAIN CHARACTER WASN’T EVEN DOING.  Nope. Instead they steal an SUV, run from a bunch of “cops” who are shooting at them, and wind up with a bunch of heroin in their possession.  And they let the kid who has been drinking drive them around, and he HITS SOMEBODY. Like What the HELL? And then when Sam, the MC, is given the chance to leave, does she take it? Nope. She sticks around and they all run off to Boston and York’s mansion cabin in the woods.  What an idiot.

There are plenty of other books I can be reading instead of wasting my time on something that is making me angry.

5 Books I Own (But Haven’t Read Yet) Kindle Edition

I’ve made two posts about the books I own but haven’t read yet (You can read them here and here.)  Those have all been physical copies and my Kindle is even worse!  Not only is it filled with unread ARCs, but books I actually spent money on and can no longer return/ever sell.  Eventually I will get through them. Probably.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve heard bad things about this series in general and the ending especially, which  is why I have been avoiding it. But I  already own it so I will have to get to it eventually (I think I might own the whole series on my Kindle…oops).  I have to at least give it a chance.

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Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

There is just something about a younger sister/brother’s best friend relationship that I love. And it seems like a second chance romance which again, is another of my favorites!   I think I started avoiding this one because I was wary of NA, but now I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I’m terrified I will hate it.

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Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

I was putting this off because it was a series in progress.  But I found out that they are more companion type novels than an actual series, so I do plan on reading this sometime within 2016.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Well, technically I don’t own this one.  It’s a Kindle Unlimited, but I got it MONTHS ago.  The main reason why I haven’t read this is because it’s a series in progress that isn’t expected to be finished until 2020!  I would have to reread this a lot between now and then for me to even remember anything from in 2020.  I guess I should just return it.

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The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy

I bought this when it was on sale in the Kindle store.  If a book is under $2 I really can’t say no (who am I kidding?  I can’t say no to a $20 book).  I’m sure I’ll check it out since I did enjoy Yancy’s The Fifth Wave.

 

I’m sure there will be a 4th installment of Books I Own But Haven’t Read Yet at some point!  What about you guys? Is your Kindle filled with unread books?

A Charmed Week 2/1-2/7

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In My Life

This week has taken a bit of a toll on me.  We took our cats to the vet for an overdue check up and both of them are overweight! I blame the boyfriend who feeds them whenever they sit by their bowls and look at him (even when they still have food IN the bowl).  Zoe is a really small cat so even at 9 pounds she is overweight.  Harper on the other hand is 16 lbs! I was wondering why it hurt so much when she would use my chest as a springboard.  She needs to lose 2 pounds.  And now we have to buy special diet food.  AND Zoe has to have anesthesia and have her teeth cleaned on Tuesday.

I’m also taking an online class that is really stressing me out.  It’s a Diversity in Children’s Lit class and I’m just taking it for fun (I could get continuing education but I don’t even need it at the moment), but I’ve discovered that online classes are the worst.  Way more stressful than classes in person.  Even with my immense fear of public speaking I’d still rather sit in a classroom.  It’s not even graded, but I have constant knots in my stomach over it.

And my little sister saw Hamilton last night and I’m insanely jealous.

But I did get to spend the day with one of my really good friends yesterday, so that was really nice.  And it’s Superbowl Sunday which means FOOTBALL IS OVER!!!!  And I get to see my best friends this week and spend the weekend in Florida so, life isn’t really too bad when you think about it.

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Last Week on the Blog

Reviews:

These Viscous Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer

Posts:

January Review and February TBR

Discussion: A Major Bookish Pet Peeve

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings I love

Waiting on Wednesday: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnston

 

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ARCs for Review (Netgalley)

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Bought/Received

2 pre-ordered books arrived this week (one of them was a week late thanks to the snow!)

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Borrowed:

 

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3 days of work and then on Wednesday I take an evening train to NYC to spend the night in the city with my BFFs before we go to Florida for the long weekend/Valentines Day.

 

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I’m linking up with The Sunday Post, hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

A Major Bookish Pet Peeve

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Ok, so this might be more of rant because I’ve discovered one of my bookish pet peeves and it has to do with high school parties.  Now, I have absolutely no problem with drinking, drugs and sex in YA books.  Teens drink, do drugs and have sex in high school, so sometimes it is important to portray it in YA. I also have no opinions about them actually doing those things.  I just felt like I should say that before I start.

Recently I was reading a NA book where the characters go to a frat party and they slow dance. As soon as I read that I got, admittedly, irrationally angry because, no. Sorry. I didn’t go to that many frat parties in college (because there are only so many nights you can stand around on the quad waiting for a ride just to drink in a dirty basement) but I can tell you for a fact, that at none of these parties were there any people slow dancing. A slow song totally brings down the mood of a party, everyone knows that.

But then it got me thinking to how the majority of high school parties I read about in YA are just so out of control with how they are portrayed. There are always hundreds of people, someone’s mother’s expensive vase always seems to break and a lot of times, the cops show up. And for some reason, there always seem to be people dancing. The dancing part is actually what annoys me the most.

Now I’m not saying there aren’t wild high school parties that are thrown at the richest kid in school’s mansion where the entire school shows up, but come on. For the most part, they are usually just a core group of friends getting drunk in someone’s basement or garage. We would play beer pong, card/dice games, or sit around a table and talk.   If there was music playing, it was never loud enough that you couldn’t have a conversation. And the only dancing I can ever remember is the group of girls choreographing a dance to Vanessa Carlton’s “White Houses”. No one was grinding in dark corners or slow dancing to a love song.  Basically, it wasn’t a middle school dance.

Of course, I’m basing this off my own high school experience, but still. The majority of “parties” I went to in high school, there were at max, 50 people, but most of the time it was just a core group of friends. Very rarely did anyone who wasn’t invited show up, no one’s house ever got trashed, and the cops were never called. And we still had a lot of fun.

I’m sure there were high school parties like this, but I’m just so sick of every single party I read about being portrayed this way. I’d love to read one book with a more realistic version of a house party. Just one.

Does this annoy anyone else? Am I alone here?

 

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Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection

The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer

4stars

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


 

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

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A Collection of short stories set within the Lunar Chronicles universe. Some of the stories had previously been available to read, but I never read them.  I usually don’t read the in between stories, but it’s hard to resist when it’s The Lunar Chronicles and they are gathered together in such a pretty book.   Overall I think it was an excellent collection.

The Keeper4stars

Damn, this one just broke my heart.  You get to know Michelle Benoit a lot better and see young Scarlet, and it was just so sad knowing how it ends.

Glitches 3.5stars

I enjoyed seeing Cinder’s arrival to the Linh household, but Cinder isn’t my favorite POV character.  It definitely cemented my hatred of Adri and Pearl, and made me sad that poor Peony had to die.

The Queen’s Army 3stars

I’m sorry but I’m just not the biggest fan of Wolf, especially on his own.  I like him a lot more in relation to Scarlet.  But this one was a bit sad and very enlightening as to how Wolf became the Alpha and what it was like for him to be taken from his parents at such a young age.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky 4.5stars

Ugh. I just love Carswell Thorne.  Even when he is a jackass teenager.  If I didn’t know how his character develops, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it this much.  Plus, it was really nice to see his parents and how they must have influenced his behavior.  Thorne is my ultimate Lunar Chronicles boyfriend.

After Sunshine Passes By 3.5stars

Poor Cress.  My favorite female character and her story is so sad.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be all alone for so long.  It’s a wonder she stayed as sane as she did.  I just love her so much.

The Princess and The Guard 4stars

This story was great and it made me love Winter even more.  She is just such a strong character and Jacin and Winter are my 2nd favorite ship in this entire series.  Plus it made me hate Levana even more (and I didn’t know that was possible)

The Little Android 3.5stars

I read the entire book in order, except for this story.  I just wanted to continue with the characters I already knew and finally get to the epilogue, so I skipped over this one and came back to it when I was finished.  I think it was such a wonderful Little Mermaid retelling, and NOT the Disney version!  I was actually so surprised by how much I did enjoy it.  Plus the cameos helped a lot.  I love cameos.

The Mechanic 3.5stars

I’m not a huge fan of Kai or his POV either but I did really love seeing their first meeting from his perspective.  It actually made me like them as a couple a bit more.

Something Old, Something New 5stars

Perfect Epilogue is Perfect.  There is nothing else I have to say.  This was absolutely wonderful and totally worth it all!  I would have bought this book simply for this story alone.

 

Taken all together, the average star rating becomes 3.8, so I rounded up to 4!

WoW: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

E.K. Johnston

3/15/16


Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.


 

Why I’m Waiting:

I’m not exactly sure why I am drawn to this book.  It might be the cover, it might be the description.  All I know is I can’t wait to read it.

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love (and need to read more of)

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I really love historical fiction, but I don’t read enough of it.  These are a few of my favorite time periods to read about.  For this TTT, I only focused on YA.

Ancient History

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Really any type of ancient history, although I would love to learn more about Ancient China, Japan India and Egypt.  I used to really love Ancient Egypt back when I was young, but I haven’t really read any books set there.

Tudor England

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I, like so many others before me, was once obsessed with the Tudors.  Damn you Philippa Gregory! No, but seriously. I need to read more books set in Tudor England.  Actually just England In general.  Give me all books about England from the days the Anglo Saxons arrived.  English history makes my head spin.

Colonial America

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When I first went into college I thought I wanted to focus on Colonial America. But I ended up writing my thesis on a bunch of Jewish women in the 1950s, so as you can see I changed my mind.  But The Witch of Blackbird Pond has stuck with me for years, so I would love to read more books like that.

Regency England

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I recently started reading Regency Romances, so I’m in a Regency type of mood.

Victorian England

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Wow it seems I am just super obsessed with British history. I think this might have been the only YA Victorian I found that took place in England and wasn’t supernatural.  Any suggestions?

Turn of the Century America

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Specifically life in the cities during this period.  I don’t know what it is, but there is just something so glamorous, and you know that it’s hiding such an ugly truth and I’m so interested in reading more.

Edwardian England

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I blame Downton Abbey.

1920s America

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Flappers. Jazz. Gangsters. Prohibition.  This decade has it all.

1960s/1970s America

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Vietnam is my favorite War (Is it weird to have a favorite war? Especially one as controversial as Vietnam?  Whatever I majored in history.) My dad was in the Marines during Vietnam, and then became a hippie who was at Woodstock.  Whenever we go to concerts at Bethel Woods, the new performing arts center they set up at the site of Woodstock, in Bethel NY, my dad points out exactly where he sat on the hill and how smart he was by making camp  near a medical tent.  Plus there are so many different cultural/social aspects of these two decades that you can focus on in historical novels!

1990s

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It’s actually really hard to find a YA set in the 1990s that I really want to read.

Ok, I actually refuse to consider the 1990s historical at any point in my lifetime because I was alive for the entire decade.  I was born in 1989.  I grew up in the 90s and “came of age” in the early 2000s.  But sometimes I really wish I had been born just a few years earlier so that I could have been a teenager in the 1990s.  I would have rocked the grunge. And while I am entirely thankful that I was raised on computers, I just have so much nostalgia for a “simple” life.

These books are just examples of books I would like to read. 

January Wrap Up and Februrary TBR

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January

Books read: 19

Planned Reads:

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Unplanned Reads:

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Review to Come:

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DNF:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates

  • “Nope” Challenge 2/12
  • “Series I Need to Start” Challenge 0/12
  • “Series I Need to Finish” Challenge 1/8
  • New Release Challenge  4/16
  • Classics Challenge  1/12
  • COYER Challenge 7/8
  • Debut Author Challenge  2/12
  • Hard Core Re-Read Challenge 2/16
  • Fairytale Retelling Challenge 2/9
  • Rock My TBR Challenge  7/24
  • I Love Libraries Challenge 2/24
  • Flights of Fantasy Challenge 0/15
  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge 1/20
  • 2016 Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge 5/12

 

February TBR

ARCS (for Feb and March Release)

 

 

Challenge Books

 

 

 

ARC Review: These Vicious Masks

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These Vicious Masks

These Vicious Masks #1

Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

February 9, 2016

Source: Netgalley, e-ARC

3.5stars

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

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Throughout reading I felt a bit removed from both the characters and the plot.  Basically, for the majority of this book I was just reading it because I had an ARC and felt as if I had an obligation to finish, since nothing was really annoying me enough to DNF.  I’m glad I finished because the ending really helped up my enjoyment of this novel and I am 85% positive I will continue with the series.

What I liked:

Evelyn

I really enjoyed that she was constantly rebelling against society’s restrictions, but at the same time acknowledged that deep down it still mattered to her.  I feel like whenever I read about a heroine who wants nothing to do with Society they often don’t recognize how difficult life would actually be if they were to truly spurn it.  She was sassy and outspoken, and she was always ready to save not only her sister, but herself.  Yes she got help from 2 men, but she wasn’t about to be left behind while they played hero.

I also really liked that even though she is told that she has special “powers” she doesn’t actually believe it until she sees it.  I am so sick of instant acceptance.  Oh, I can heal people with my touch? OK awesome. No need for proof.  Nope. Not Evelyn.

The “X-Men” aspect

I LOVE X-Men.  When I was in high school I used to watch those movies over and over again.  Until I saw Captain America, they were in fact my favorite superhero group. So I really enjoyed this part of the novel.  I’m really looking forward to the sequels to learn more about them and what other people can do.  There actually wasn’t much information about the powers in this book, as it was more Evelyn’s searching for her sister and her introduction into this new world, but I’m ok with that.

The Romance (or lack thereof)

Ok, this one is kind of misleading, because I wasn’t in fact the biggest fan of the love-triangle, as you will see, but I will mention that I did appreciate that you could remove the romance entirely and the book would survive and still be pretty awesome.

The Ending

I have to say that I saw it coming, and I’m totally OK with it.  It just had to happen, in my opinion.  It opens up so many possibilities for the sequel, but it also doesn’t exactly end on a cliff hanger.  It would have been totally possible to end the book with the first one, but I’m glad there will be more.

What I didn’t like:

The Love Triangle/Square

I have to admit that I don’t automatically hate love triangles.  I can enjoy them well enough, but usually only if the girl (who is usually the top of the triangle) has enough redeeming qualities for me to see why even one guy would be interested in her.  And it works because Evelyn is pretty damn awesome, but I just didn’t really like either of the male love interests.  Sebastian Braddock was dark and broody, and they had some nice scenes, but I just didn’t see any chemistry between them.  Added to the fact that there is also another lady who is interested in him, and things are getting a bit crowded.  I did like Nicholas Kent more, but there was just something about him.  He always seemed a bit shady.


That’s pretty much all that I really didn’t enjoy, and even that didn’t take too much away.  The plot was fast paced and non-stop action and it kept me engaged for the majority of the time.  And there is nothing quite like reading a historical novel (even a supernatural/paranormal/sci-fi one) to make me thankful I live in the 21st Century.