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Arrow of the Mist

Arrow of the Mist - Christina Mercer Okay, I have to admit, I'm not really sure how I feel about this book right now. I feel like I say that often. However, I think it's my current mood that's keeping me from really thinking straight. And, I know I say this often too, but I mean it this time, I think this will be a short review.The good? I liked the characters and/or felt neutral about others, so no problem there. Even though I think Lia's character type is a bit overused in fantasy. I would love to see a girl character who wants what other girls want at first, but is still capable of wanting other things and not always fitting into the norm. The whole "I wear boy's clothes, I'm not married, blah blah blah" is a bit old just saying. Still, I did like Lia's character, so it was all good.I also liked the story which helped a great deal. However, for me the story felt a bit slow, which made the book feel a bit longer than I had expected. At first I would take breaks between chapters because I just wasn't too interested, though I did begin go wonder make hat happened next so I would end up going back to the book. I do feel like I missed a few things though during my first read however. Overall, I think the book is worth another read.I gave Arrow of the Mist a 3/5.I received a copy to review for a tour put together by Xpresso Book Tours.
Awakened (The Legends Of Elyndia, #1) - Kriston Johnson First, thing first, can I direct your attention to the cover? I have to tell you how much I love it. I don't know what it is, but it is definitely part of what drew me to be part of this Awakened blog tour. And then the description for the book sounds interesting no? Well if we're done admiring the cover, which by the way, I am not, we'll move on.I think for the most part, this will be a rather quick review. I'll be honest with you, I've given the book a 4/5. However, I don't think I've gotten far enough away from the book yet to make a sound decision. I'm just not sure how much I like this book, if that makes sense.Okay. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get into the book as quickly I was hoping to, however, once I got past the prologue everything was fine it took me about two sitting to finish the book. I didn't want to put it down, I forgot to eat, I was going to do some cleaning and some other stuff I forgot about. The whole average teen girl finding herself in a fantasy world, and finding out she has powers, might not be original, but it's a bit new for me outside of manga so it was kind of nice. There were a few things that had surprised me, things that had happened to Jade's father (or even her mother) for example, so it was nice to see that I shouldn't expect the book to be completely predictable or anything.As for the cast of characters, I really liked them, with a single exception and this is one of the things that makes me wonder how much I really liked the book. Jade. Sometimes I really liked her character and sometimes I just couldn't stand her. There were also a few times were the dialogue between the characters seemed kind of strange to me. They also talked a lot. Something would happened and the characters would just stand around and Jade would ask questions and they would just talk, like the hadn't just been attacked or something. I found this a bit strange that this of all things annoyed me since I tend to be annoyed when books don't really have much dialogue between characters, but this was just over doing it a bit.Still, I do see myself rereading this sometime in the future. Then, there was the ending and the prologue, which left me wanting more. Was it the best book I've ever read? No, of course not. But I really did enjoy it and I want more, in the end that was what mattered.Somehow, this review didn't turn out as short as I expected it to.I received a copy to review for a tour put together by Xpresso Book Tours.

Deviant

Deviant - Helen  Fitzgerald I'll like to say that I'm not a big YA contemporary reader, however, I liked to think I'm a good judge on picking books of this genre to read, and I'm glad that I was right about this one for the most part. With my very forgetful nature, I knew I wanted to read this book, however, I couldn't quite remember what it was about. All I could remember was that it was about a girl whose mother (who had abandoned her) had died and she travels to America. And, that it involved some underground movement and street art. Which considering the description of the book (mainly the part about Abigail's sister) seems a bit of a spoiler since it doesn't really happen until about more than halfway through the book, I'm pretty glad about my current forgetfulness.It's an interesting plot. Now when I think about it, and I can remember when I try, when I first signed up to be part of the tour, I remember thinking that it sounded original. This controlling miscreant teens, I don't think I've read anything like that before. Though one thing I found odd, was that one character had lost interest in his art after taking this drug. This reason this seemed odd to me was because it had always seemed to me that the most artistic people are smarter than those who are not, not always just in general. It just seemed like a strange thing to want to take from someone just because they're misbehaving.Right from the beginning I liked the character Abigail, which is probably why I was able to jump right into the book. Actually many of the characters I liked, Camelia and Becky for example, though I wish we would have been able to gotten to know both these characters a little more. However, though I really didn't get to know these characters didn't mean that I didn't feel for them. There were a few moments when I did get a little teary-eyed, after things happened with Becky and there was a time or two when Abigail looked back at times with Nieve (the woman who raised her before her death). There are also moments when I laughed, like Abigail thinking that everyone was thinking about her on the potty or what being in heels meant to her. The latter part reminded me of Georgia Nicolson and her red bottomosity.Okay, so it was a quick read (did I already say that, I can't remember), I feel like there was probably more that was missing and could have been said. The ending for example was kind of open-ended, it was a bit disappointing I'm not going to lie. We were also given this random romance thing that I'm not really sure why it was there. Also, I completely guessed the whole Bren thing.I would give it a 3/5.I received a copy to review for a tour put together by Precious Gem Book Tours.

Hidden (Hidden Series)

Hidden - M. Lathan Alright, so Hidden begins with the kind of cliche "how did I get here" sort of things. Looking back on it, I'm not really sure what later event the prologue is later talking about. However, I would never say that these kinds of beginnings are bad, the rather quick prologue sucked me in and I wanted to know what was going on.We are soon introduced to Leah/Christine who is a victim of bullying and seems to be dealing with depression. Often times I have difficulties reading books that deal with topics like these. Just because I usually feel that they're over the top, or I think the characters don't seem very believable with what they are dealing with. However, I didn't feel that way with Christine, to me she felt believable/relatable.I had two problems with this book. The first being that it felt really slow. I don't think it was that long, and even though I was interested in, I kind of felt like it was longer than it needed to be. I was just wanted to get to the point, especially once I got closer to the end. And, once there it felt kind of anti-climatic (but I wasn't really surprised considering the rest of the book). My second probable was some of the characters. I don't know what it was, but I didn't exactly like any of them very much. Though I did find some of them amusing like Paul.I'd give the book a 3.5 out of 5. I'm looking forward to reading the second book, I'm curious to find out how things turn out.I received a copy to review for a tour put together by Xpresso Book Tours.

Sweet Mercy

Sweet Mercy - Ann Tatlock For some reason, I was super worried that this book was going to take me some time to finish. In fact, I gave myself more time to read this book than I do for other books I do with other tours. Surprisingly enough I finished this book in a day.The book had me hooked right from the start. I really liked the Eve's voice/narrative for the most part. I can't really say much about the character herself. The story was interesting itself. In school we learn about the Great Depression, but nothing about the Prohibition, or at least I hadn't heard of it until now. Granted, this Prohibition seemed kind of stupid all in all and I could understand why so many people would go against it, and I don't even drink myself.Speaking of which, this was something little Eve didn't seem to understand. She was quite annoying about it in fact, actually for the most part she was just annoying. She thought she was "good", and didn't seem to get over this. She always did what she thought was "right" and whatever. It doesn't mean it was right. I felt like she needed to learn that everything wasn't black and white and I don't think she did. I just kept waiting for that to happen.There was this character Jones, whose her cousin, I liked him, he did seem to understand things better than Eve and I thought maybe he would be the person to get things across to her. Maybe older Eve understood everything, she seemed less annoying and less like I would want to punch her in the face (yes I went there), however, at no point while we were told the story of when she was seventeen did I feel she had learned anything. I'm sorry to go on about this, but this really bugged me. I liked many of the other characters her friend Marlene and her sister Cassandra for example, just not Eve, who if I had liked her I probably would have liked the book just that much more.

Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas  - Louise Rennison Alright so I decided because these are just small books and I don't plan on long reviews for these that would review the 2nd and 3rd book together. This if for the second and third books in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison, On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God and Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas.Alright so like the first book, both of these were really quick reads, I read them in a day or two.I think the second one is my favorite by far. There is a bit of a warning, I believe on the back of the first book about reading the book in public, it's really a good thing to keep in mind when reading any of the books. I received some of the oddest looks as I read these books. Even by my parents. There was this one part I was crying I was laughing so hard and it was my parents who were giving me the strangest looks. Seriously, if you ever read these books I don't recommend reading them with people around.The third one wasn't as good as the second, I feel, but I think that's mostly because I enjoy the books for the humor, and there seemed to be a bit less, but when there was some it was great. Thing are getting pretty dramatic in Georgia's life though by the end of the third book, as she begins to like both Dave the Laugh and her Sex God boyfriend Robby.Speaking of Dave though, I was really happy with his introduction in the second book. He seemed like a good character in the movie, and I was so happy we got to see more of his humor in the book. I loved when he had Georgia's friends singing "We are the Champions" in the second book, and he was just such a giant sweet-heart. I really want to be on Robbie's side, but Dave really makes it hard. I can't wait to start the fourth book.I gave both books a 4/5.

Absolute Midnight (Books of Abarat)

Abarat 3: Absolute Midnight - Clive Barker Okay, well first thing first, I feel like I should explain my rating for this book which is a 4/5. I have a few complaints for this book. More than I would probably have for a book I would give 4/5, however, I finished the book in like two days. I really couldn't put it down, the book over all probably would have gotten a 3/5 if I had been able to put the book down all things considering. Okay, now for the rest of my review.Alright, the book started off all fine, however, for a good, I don't know third of the book, Candy is dealing with Princess Boa. This really wouldn't be much of a problem, if this whole Boa thing had to do with what was going on later on in the book. And, honestly I found it a bit boring after a bit, I just wanted to get it over and done it, I was all but skimming it after awhile, if it hadn't been for the other things that were going on I probably would have put the book down. Never mind the fact that Boa is nothing like the way we were led to believe. I wonder if maybe there's more to it than we think?Speaking of Boa, after she and Candy "split" she runs off, and we don't really see her again. She goes to find Finnegan, who I thought would play a big part in this book, who I was looking forward to doing more. However, he really did nothing. So I wasn't very happy with that.There is another part where Candy "dreams" and goes to visit her mother. A number of things happen. What it really has to do with the rest of the story, I still have no idea. I guess it's really just one of those things we have to hope actually has to deal with the bigger picture and will come up again in a later book. One of my favorite parts did happen while Candy was dreaming so while it all seemed kind of crazy at least it was something I did enjoy.Then, then, we actually get into the actual plot stuff, finally. But then, for some random unknown reason Candy is given a love interest, "Gazza". Two-thirds, into the third book, Candy is given a love interest. And, no it isn't a known character which would make sense. No this is a random character who came out of nowhere and somehow, these two know that they are MADE for each other (and the L word is being thrown around). Or some BS like. Now, don't get me wrong, from the second book I was kind of thinking something of a Finnegan thing myself, and I know some people see the whole Carrion thing. However, there was this one little part, when Candy lost her memory while she was dreaming (long story) and her memories returned. It was when her memories of Malingo returned when she's calling out his name in her sleep and I just went: "Oh I guess I see that." It was just this cute part and I thought after that if she would have been given a love interest at any part later on especially after that that it probably would be Malingo. Because seriously, who would really call their friend's name like that, I don't really care how close you are.Granted on his own this character "Gazza" wouldn't be so bad, however, the characters don't even know him yet when Candy isn't around, he seems to be the "leader", just what? They just met the guy and he gets to play boss? And, in the end, guess who ended up going to save Candy? It sure as hell wasn't the guy thinking he couldn't live without her! Okay, it was one of the guys who thought they couldn't live without her, it just wasn't Gazza. There were other new characters I did like, the first introduced character Zephario who we learn quickly is related to Mater Motley and Christopher Carrion. We also finally introduced to the Commexo Kid, who is well known in Abarat, but we don't actually get to see, though his father Rojo Pixler, made an appearance or two I believe in the past. I was a bit confused on their outcome, I think I'm going to have to go back and reread Pixler's battle with Mater Motley, I imagine we haven't really seen the last of them.The ending was incredibly disappointing. I don't think I could really explain it. I was rather satisfied with the second book's ending, so I was hoping for something similar with this one, it just didn't happen. I'm just hoping that the next book is better.

Days of Magic, Nights of War (Abarat)

Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War  - Clive Barker Oh jeez, okay, this is the second book in the Abarat series. I had started it years ago, right after I had finished the first one. I should have reread the first one, but I didn't. While reading this one I found that I had to stop and try to remember who certain people were from the first book. Yet, oddly enough I could remember where I had left off from when I had stopped reading this one (though I had started from the beginning).This one took me a little longer to read through than I remember the first one did. I remember that once I had gotten into the first one, I finished it in about a day or two that wasn't really the case with this one. However, for the most part I was really satisfied with the ending for this one, which is more than I can say for the third one, which I will complain about later.One thing that probably bothered me the most was, after Malingo (who was my favorite character since his introduction in the first book) and Candy are separated, Malingo spends much time worrying about her. However, once they're united, they really don't seem to interact, it's Finnegan who seems to have the most interaction with Candy. Granted I really like Finnegan and I expected a lot from him after his introduction. However, in the end, it isn't Finnegan who drags Candy's behind off the ship as I expected it was Malingo. Things just seemed rather flipped than what I expected them to be. So I thought maybe Finnegan would play a bigger role in the next book.Anyway, I really enjoyed the book, and I was really happy to jump right into the third one.

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series #2)

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God  - Louise Rennison Alright so I decided because these are just small books and I don't plan on long reviews for these that would review the 2nd and 3rd book together. This if for the second and third books in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison, On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God and Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas.Alright so like the first book, both of these were really quick reads, I read them in a day or two.I think the second one is my favorite by far. There is a bit of a warning, I believe on the back of the first book about reading the book in public, it's really a good thing to keep in mind when reading any of the books. I received some of the oddest looks as I read these books. Even by my parents. There was this one part I was crying I was laughing so hard and it was my parents who were giving me the strangest looks. Seriously, if you ever read these books I don't recommend reading them with people around.The third one wasn't as good as the second, I feel, but I think that's mostly because I enjoy the books for the humor, and there seemed to be a bit less, but when there was some it was great. Thing are getting pretty dramatic in Georgia's life though by the end of the third book, as she begins to like both Dave the Laugh and her Sex God boyfriend Robby.Speaking of Dave though, I was really happy with his introduction in the second book. He seemed like a good character in the movie, and I was so happy we got to see more of his humor in the book. I loved when he had Georgia's friends singing "We are the Champions" in the second book, and he was just such a giant sweet-heart. I really want to be on Robbie's side, but Dave really makes it hard. I can't wait to start the fourth book.I gave both books a 4/5.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series #1)

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series #1) - I'm currently at a loss for words right now. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading anything. This series, Confessions of Georgia Nicolson came highly recommend from my cousin. Now my cousin isn't exactly a big reader. When I say she's not a big reader, I don't mean she was like all those women over the summer who had never picked up a book in their life, but claimed Fifty Shades of Grey was the best piece of literature in the world (like they had anything to compare it to). I simply mean reading isn't her favorite thing, but with the right books you can find her doing nothing but reading.I saw the movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which is based of this book and the second book It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers (UK title)/ On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (US title). My cousin for the most part had been satisfied with it, for a movie that was compiled of two books. Actually she was most happy with the lead actress chosen for the part of Georgia. I really enjoyed the movie, so I was really looking forward to reading these books.See, I'm not even sure where to begin, I really want to share my favorite entry of Georgia's so here it is:10:30 p.m.Heard Mutti and Vati arguing. Oh perfect, now they'll split up and they'll both want custody of me.I know that on its own it probably isn't nearly as funny. But while you're reading it, you will understand Georgia. She is a bit of a trouble child with her parents. She causes trouble in school, she thinks her parents are lame, she's completely full of herself, Georgia seems to think she's an adult. The mean part of my brain while thinking this is no. No Georgia, your parents will no being fighting to keep custody of you, they will probably be hoping the other parent will want custody of you. Which is wrong. Both her parents obviously love her, however, I couldn't help, but find that funny. Georgia with all her faults seems to me like a real fourteen year old. The book was written in 1999, but to me she seems like so many young teens I know today. Which means I shouldn't be able to stand her (I can't stand kids today), but I kind of found Georgia enduring for some reason.Though Georgia calls herself ugly, and though through her entries we get the idea her friends think her plain (I really think she needs new friends even her friend Jas seems like a pretty big jerk half the time), Georgia seems to attract relatively attractive guys. Or at least guys she deems attractive, of course, they do seem rather... odd. And odd is putting it lightly. This is actually I found funny and something I could relate to, attracting strange guys. Because I always get the weirdos hitting on me, always. However, Georgia also sees a lot of action for a plain girl for someone who claims to not know much about kissing. Still, her adventures or rather misadventures in learning about boys are rather amusing. I'm sure she and her friend Jas will never learn the meaning behind a boy's "See ya later".Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging was an incredibly quick read I think I finished it in a few hours. I would give the book 4/5.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1) - Okay, I can so see why people love this series. I'll be honest here. I saw the movie a few times before I read the book. I didn't know it was a book until I saw the movie and the whole "based off of the book" bit in the beginning titles you know. I enjoyed the movie immensely for the most part. (Expect the whole Persephone being in the Underworld just before Summer Solstice, because that just didn't make any sense.) I knew the movie and book were different so I was a little worried, but I loved the book so much. I really wished this series existed when I was younger, if I'm enjoying it now, I think an eleven year old me wouldn't know what to do with herself right now.I really enjoyed the humor, and it starts right at the beginning. I loved the chapter titles, I think my favorite was "I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom". I can't even think of anything to complain about the characters (or really anything in general). I kind of want to go back and reread it even though I do have the next to books in the series to get to. I thought if I gave myself time to think about it I would come up with a list of things I didn't like, but I didn't.

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone - The farther I get away from having read Shadow and Bone the less I like it. The copy I had was an ARC copy, I had received as a R.A.K. So it didn't have a map in it, which would have been helpful a bit, sometimes with fantasy settings I like to be able to look at a map. I didn't really understand what the Fold was (that's what it was called right?), and a few other things tended to get all mushed in my head, so a glossary would have been nice as well.All that aside, I did like the story, and for the most part I couldn't put the book down. I did like most of the characters as well. Though I feel like it's obvious there is more to the Darkling, I think there is definitely more to Baghra. And whether or not she's a good guy seems to be just as much as in question to me as whether or not the Darkling is (I mean if you're questioning that). The one character I didn't like was Mal. We are told from the very beginning how much Alina is just in love with him, and of course this boy doesn't get much screen time. I don't understand why authors do the whole childhood sweetheart thing. (Granted it's one-sided love, who am I kidding? It's always one-sided at first.) Personally I'm sick of it. As far as I understand, people who grow up together, especially the way these two did, will probably have more of a sibling relationship (ew). And how exactly did the whole Mal and Alina thing come to happen in the end? Did that seem forced to anyone else?Yeah, so I originally gave Shadow and Bone 4/5, but I can't help but question my sanity at the time.

The Swan Kingdom

The Swan Kingdom - Zoe Marriott One of my favorite fairy tales is The Six Swans. When I first saw the Swan Kingdom a few years back I was really excited to see a retelling of The Wild Swans (you know, different name, but basically same story). It's too bad this book didn't live up to that excitement. I started the book, and it seemed okay. Until I finished the first chapter in which it was not okay. I felt like chapter one was just an extension of the prologue a, getting to know the character bit, I hated Alexandra's voice, seriously. Just get to the point already. The book isn't that long, but I had to keep putting the book down or I was going to go crazy.On top of the story taking forever and having no point (I ended up just skipping sentences because I couldn't take it anymore), Alexandra is such a dependent character. She doesn't seem to ever grow out of this. Once her brothers are turned into swans (or whatever it is), oh and there's only one surprise there, I guess I'm lucky I didn't skip over that, not that I cared overly much about it, she finds Gabriel to cling to. She's not all that interesting, but he seems to fall in love with her anyway. What? I'm so tired of "plain" girls becoming pretty. Sometimes plain girls stay plain! And pretty girls can be born pretty! On top of which, Alexandra doesn't even realize that she becomes "pretty" it's a complete surprise to her! There's actually more that I can complain about, but it's kind of making me angry to talking about it. I gave it a 2/5 because I finished it.

Fraction of Stone (Fraction, #1)

Fraction of Stone (Fraction, #1) - Kelley Lynn Ugh, I'm just so angry I finished this book. Though I rushed to finish it, it's just one of those books I just wished didn't have to end. When I started this book, I as I seem to often do, forgot what it was about. All I remembered was I needed to read it. Fraction of Stone was incredibly easy for me to get into. I didn't want to put my kindle down. Which was nice, I haven't really been able to keep my attention on anything. The book was also a quick read for me, I finished it in about two days. Of course, a part of that could have been that I didn't want to put it down.I liked the characters we have Rydan whose very optimistic, who wants to believe that there are good people that should be saved. Then we there's Akara who has limited interaction with the world as a whole and doesn't believe that the world is worth saving, or even living in. As the book progress, we see Rydan's faith in other sort of falter and he begins to understand why Akara sees the world the way she does. Where Akara is looking for a reason to save the world. For the majority of the book, each chapter alternates between their point-of-views. Though I did like that and I felt that we got to know the two main characters that way, I felt like there was still things missing about the characters.There were two things that bothered me. One was that there were parts that felt like they were a little dragged out, while others felt a little rushed. The other isn't really a break it thing, is that this is the first in a series, so I personally had a few questions/things I wanted answers to, but obviously didn't get. Before I forget, there is also the ending itself which leaves a few questions in it's wake.I received a copy to review for a tour put together by Xpresso Book Tours.

Enclave (Razorland Series #1)

Enclave (Razorland Series #1) - I just have to start out saying I stayed up to four o'clock in the morning reading this and then woke up at nine (without my alarm clock going off) in the morning so I could finish this. I couldn't put this book down. I don't recommend starting this book before you go to bed. This was my introduction to the whole YA post-apocalyptic trend and I'm glad that it was (considering I still can't manage to even touch The Hunger Games).The book starts out with a girl simply called Girl15 or fifteen. Fifteen dreams of becoming a Hunter, one out of three jobs a person in her enclave is given, though some might say and think she would make a better Breeder. The other job is a Builder. Having lived long enough to earn a name fifteen is given the named if you can guess, by the slightly spoiling description, "Deuce". What is it with book descriptions? She works hard to prove that she is a Huntress and not a Breeder. Deuce is partnered with Fade our typical sort of dark hero, who wasn't born in the enclave yet survived the tunnels as a child. Fade sees things differently at first and the two clash.First of all I liked the characters, even Fade who I refereed to as "our typical sort of dark hero". One of my favorite characters was actually Tegan who we met later on, she had gone through so much, and they kept referring to her as a "breeder" like it was a bad thing. Yet, I think she was probably one of the strongest. In the Enclave we never really saw the women Breeders we saw Deuces friend and they would say he had the easy job. I think that would be the right thing to say, male breeders probably did have the easiest jobs, but I don't think the same could have been said about the female breeders who had to carry the babies to full term and could die during childbirth (which was what happened to Deuce's mother if I remember correctly). Easiest job in the Enclave or ever? I don't think so.Another thing I liked, I'm not really someone who worries to much about "character development" believe it or not. I don't believe it happens to much in real life, so when characters stay the same throughout a book it doesn't exactly faze me. However, what I really liked about Deuce was at the beginning of the book, she saw the way the Enclave was the run as a way to protect the people who lived in it. She always did the right thing. She wanted to be a Huntress so that she could protect the "brats" so that she could give back to the Enclave. As the book goes on she fights with herself about having a soft heart, what she refers to as a "breeders heart" and she realizes the faults with Enclave and takes off those rose colored glasses.Now I have to wait until I buy the second one. This one sort of ended at a bit of a cliffhanger. Usually that would leave me a little angry, but I guess, I just loved the book too much.

Scary Beautiful

Scary Beautiful - This is a book I first read some years back. I remember that this book was incredibly high on my wishlist, I had stumbled upon at the used bookstore and I was really excited to read it. When I picked it up earlier this week, I forgot that I had been slightly disappointed by it the first time. Don't get me wrong, this book is incredibly cute, but it hadn't been what I had wanted back then.From the description you would think that this is going to be a cute little romance novel about Chloe and Billy, however, the "romance" actually takes a backseat to the drama that is Chloe, her friends, and kind of her ex (I say kind of because he's not really directly the problem here either). Which is where most of my disappointment comes from, I'm expecting this possible awkward romance between a somewhat popular girl trying to get over her ex and a geek. And, we get a girl getting over her ex dealing with her girlfriends who really only know how not to talk their problems out. Oh and then there's that guy... whose supposed to be important, but we only see him every so often.If I wasn't expecting a "romantic comedy" because it wasn't very romantic or funny, I would have probably been less disappointed. That is my word for this book "disappointed". Still it was cute, and you have to give Chloe her props for trying to find herself after her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her. This isn't even just a "high school girl" sort of problem. She handled this well I think, she didn't wallow in self-pity like some people/characters do after their significant others breakup with them. It was also a really quick read, I think I finished it in only a handful of hours. There is one more thing that bothered me. We are reminded every so often (more often than we see Billy), that Chloe is just so PRETTY. Now, I've actually always been confused by this whenever I come upon this in the media, why women are always portrayed this way? That we hate women who are prettier than us? I don't know if it's because I grew up with brothers. But I personally have always gotten along better with other women as opposed to be men, no matter how much prettier they are than me (than again appearance has never really mattered to me). So the fact that Chloe and her friends think that the other girls hate Chloe now because she's so PRETTY and SINGLE now, kind of baffled me.