196 – Up to Me (The Bad Boys #2) by M. Leighton

Up to MeUgh…I don’t even know what to say.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s ‘bad boy’ reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.

Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.

Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.”

:::::::sigh::::::: This book just wasn’t good. I was so bored with it. My biggest gripe is that it reads like bad fan fiction. As if it were written by an amateur writer that just threw something together in the hopes of being published.

I don’t like the main character. Olivia annoys me. I don’t even know what it is about her. I just don’t like her. She seems so blah to me.

Cash is…well…I’m not even sure of the word. He’s just not someone, at all, that I would be attracted to…which makes me not like him. The writer is trying to play him off as a bad boy gone good. No. You want a bad boy gone good, you read about Lucas in “Easy” by Tammara Webber. Now THERE is a hot bad boy who you can believe has changed.

The over-arching story is just so out of this world that I find it ridiculous. Not to mention, the steamy scenes are just so blah and amateur. The only scene that was even semi-hot was the one towards the end of the book.

I’m glad I got this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway, but I’m not glad that I bought the first book to read it so I would know what was going on in this installment. I couldn’t care less about the last book in the series.
WASTE OF TIME

150 – Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

ReachedOK…I’m just letting you know now.  THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS POST.  But, I’ll let you know when they start and end.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.”

I’m so happy to be finished with this book! I really had to push through this one…and that’s bad since I was LISTENING to it…at work and in the car! How hard is that?!

****START OF SPOILERS****

I wish Ky had died. I really didn’t like him. I’d rather Cassia and Xander be together. Then again, I like that Xander ended up with Lai/Lei. (Not sure of the spelling since I listened to the book.) Anyway, I thought it sucked that Cassia’s father died, and yet that was THE ONLY PART of this entire book that actually moved me emotionally. I still didn’t like Cassia at the end of the book.

Also, the whole thing with the plague was just weird. I really didn’t like that storyline. I get that the author was trying to show that power does things to people, but I didn’t like it.

****END SPOILERS****

I really just didn’t care about this book. I was happy to finish.

I won’t be telling anyone to read/listen to these books. Ugh. They’re painful.
WASTE OF TIME

138 – Wake (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking

WakeOne of my co-workers and I have somewhat similar taste in books.  So when she gave me this book to borrow, I thought it’d be a decent pick.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.”

True Rating: 2.5 stars

:::sigh:::
I really enjoyed Amanda Hocking’s “Trylle” trilogy and when this book was offered to me, I was happy to read it in hopes it would be the same great story. Sorry, but I just didn’t like this book. I can see why some might like it, but it just bored me. I didn’t like the main character. I didn’t like the supporting characters. I didn’t like the whole basis of this story. It felt like nothing even happened until the last 20 pages of the book.

If you like paranormal young adult that’s not the typical vampire/werewolf, maybe you’ll like this. Me, not so much. I won’t be reading the other books in this series.
WASTE OF TIMEJUST OK

55 – Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Right…So, here’s the Goodreads.com summary for this book.

“Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else-her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?”

Yeah…this book was so blah to me. The main character, Caitlin, was just so weak and I really couldn’t stand hearing about her. I’ve always heard good things about Sarah Dessen’s writing…but this is discouraging me from even wanting to listen to the other audiobook of her’s that I have out from the libary.

Because of a past relationship with a guy who was into drugs, I have no interest in reading about the downward spiral of a 16-year old girl into the pot-smoking scene.  No, I never did it (thankfully), but I was also never tempted to.  I couldn’t stand the way it made my ex act.  Because of this, reading a book about a girl with that same attitude and action drove me nuts.

Frankly, about 2/3 of the way throught his book I was about ready to quit on it.  But, since I didn’t have anything else to listen to at work, I stuck with it.  Blah.

I’ll still listen to the other Sarah Dessen book I have out from the library, but who knows if I’ll actually enjoy it.  This one was crap to me.

I’m reading a few romance novels.  Remember that stack of books I have?  Four of them were romances.  I’m making myself read through them before I’m allowed to read anything else.  I’m on the third one.  I’ll write a review of all four of them together.

41 – Destined by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

This is book #9 in the House of Night series.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa’s House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.

But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what is destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.”

OK…well…out of all of the House of Night books I’ve read, this one was the best so far. Though, with how terrible the writing and story is, it’s not hard for one to be better.

I was about ready to punch Aphrodite in the face though. It’d be nice if PC Cast and Kristin Cast would give her another thing to say besides, “For shit’s sake”. It’s old. It’s annoying. Say something else!

This was the first of the books that actually had somewhat of an ending as opposed to finishing the book in the middle of something happening.

The only thing that disturbs me about these books is that they are for teens and there is SO MUCH sex in them. Yeah, they try to play it off by saying that vamps know when they meet their mate or whatever. But seriously? I read these and think, “Hmm…yeah, great message to give to young girls. They should have sex with the person they ‘think’ is their mate. No problem.” Ridiculous.

This series really is terribly written and makes you want to poke your eyeball out.  In 9 books, the story has progressed, maybe, 3 months.  The only reason I even continue reading this series is because my co-worker has them downloaded and she burns me a copy that I can listen to at work.  If it weren’t for boredom at work, I wouldn’t even make the effort to listen to these.

Terrible.

36 – I’m So Happy for You by Lucinda Rosenfeld

I bought this book for $1.99 from Barnes & Noble.  I read the description and it sounded like it could be an interesting story.  Here’s the description from Goodreads.com.

“What if your best friend, whom you’ve always counted on to flounder in life and love (making your own modest accomplishments look not so bad), suddenly starts to surpass you in every way?

Wendy’s best friend, Daphne, has always been dependably prone to catastrophe. And Wendy has always been there to help. If Daphne veers from suicidal to madly in love, Wendy offers encouragement. But when Daphne is suddenly engaged, pregnant, and decorating a fabulous town house in no time at all, Wendy is…not so happy for her. Caught between wanting to be the best friend she prides herself on being and crippling jealousy of flighty Daphne, Wendy takes things to the extreme, waging a full-scale attack on her best friend-all the while wearing her best, I’m-so-happy-for-you smile-and ends up in way over her head.

Rosenfeld has a knack for exposing the not-always-pretty side of being best friends–in writing that is glittering and diamond-sharp. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU is a smart, darkly humorous, and uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship.”

Um…wow. At times, I thought this book might have been able to redeem itself. I was wrong.

Wendy, the main character, was obscenely self-absorbed. Daphne, the “best friend”, was just as bad. I purchased this book because the summary sounded like it had the potential to be an interesting book. Only after buying it did I read the reviews on GR. Almost every review I read was terrible. And they were all correct.

This was a book that, when finished, I felt like I wasted my time reading it.

The fact that the GR description calls this book an “uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship” makes me wonder what the hell kind of friendships they’re talking about.  I know my best friend and I don’t have this type of friendship.

Don’t waste your time.