Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Last Sacrifice

                                                        The Last Sacrifice
                             

                                                                               





                                                          By Richelle Mead
                                                    Rating: Five Wine Glasses


 "But Steph his book is like sooo old" yes, I am fully aware how old this book is. BUT I couldn't help myself. This book has to be reviewed (no matter how long ago it was published, which was four years ago). It's just one of those, HOLY CRAP THE FEELS AND ALL THAT JAZZ. Ergo the need to write about it. Oh and I'm just going to tell you first off that there will be SPOILERS!!!! (BUT that shouldn't be a major problem because most of you have read this book) Seeeeeeee, maybe reading an older book has its perks;)
Rose Hathaway is just hand down one of my FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN THE LITERARY WORLD. She's just got this crazy fun vibe to her, and she's so funny to follow around because she's always punching people. I mean who doesn't like girls who just punch people without think about it first. (I'm sure plenty of people are against that tactic) but with rose this tactic worked out pretty much perfectly every time. So yes, I was a fan of the punch now think later. And her snark. My gosh. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE her snark. Lissa might have become queen of the whole freakin vampire world but ROSE IS THE QUEEN OF HUMOR AND SNARK. SHE RULES. Honestly I feel bad for whoever thinks they can out wit/out snark rose. EVERY TIME she gets into some heat argument I'm just like  "It's just not happening buddy, so you can take your wanna be snark and bow down to the queen." 

The best part about a series is that you get to see the characters grow. Rose in the beginning was just this big bundle of "I'm tough don't mess with me" and don't get me wrong she will always be that. But now you know just how complex rose is. She's compassionate, she's loyal to a fault, she has flaws just like any person that's half human. Point is, that rose isn't just one thing. She's a bunch of little things, maybe some more than others...ahem snark. 
I just want the world to know that I SHIP DIMITRI AND ROSE WITH A BURNING PASSION. Their relationship in this series was done so beautifully and their story is so incredibly tragic and heartwarming . I have been waiting all SIX BOOKS for them to be together. FINALLY I am satisfied.  And I loved how Rose made Dimitri forgive himself at the end. Ugh, gosh. The feels. She made such an adult move I was so surprised. I'm just like "ahh rose, this isn't irrationally, totally not a you move". 
But like I said characters grow, and Rose grew so wonderfully. I hope Dimitri and Rose grow old together, and all that mushy stuff.
The last thing I really want to comment on is how much I love her dysfunctional family. My gosh, I love them. Abe is like the icing on the cake. I really think he is the only one who could possibly talk Rose in a battle of wits, and I would totally pay to see that. Her relationship with her mom was rough in the beginning, but they made it work. And like I said even though they really are a totally dysfunctional family they are the best and most entertaining dysfunctional family. Probably the only kind of family I would want on a reality television show. I would watch that all day long. 
Richelle Mead really nailed it with this one. She wrapped this series up perfectly. And she stitched my heart back together pretty well. I'm not sure what the future has in store for these lovely character, but "I think it's going to be good" -Rose.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tear you Apart




Tear You Apart

          

        By Sarah Cross

(Net galley gave me this ARC for an honest review)

Rating: 2 wine glasses



I'm going to start this review off by saying how much I adore this cover! It's absolutely beautiful, and it goes with the story perfectly. (Snow White and those dang poison apples)

I've always loved fairy tales; in fact I'm a huge fan of Once Upon A Time, Disney stories, and other retellings. I LOVED Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross. That's what made me want to read Tear You Apart so badly, and when I got the ARC I wanted to pee myself, the excitement was so real. So you can understand why I'm so incredibly upset to say that I couldn't even finish this book, and it took me a good couple hours to really figure out what I didn't like about it. It was just a bunch of little things in the beginning, but there just ended up being one huge problem that I couldn't possibly overlook. I didn't like Viv, and shes the main character. She was a GREAT side character in Kill Me Softly. And I prefer her to stay a side character. Rude, maybe. But she just wasn't an interesting MC. She's was just this whinny annoying little girl, I honestly don't know what Henley saw in her. She's has very little redeeming quality, so you can understand when I say reading about her and being in her mind was not fun. I feel like 75% of the words that came out of her mouth was her complaining about how awful her life was, or saying something rude. And yes, I know she's cursed, and she deserves to vent and be disappointed that the man she loves is supposed to kill her. I get it, really I do, but it was too much. Viv doesn't remind me of a princess, she belongs on some drama filled reality TV. show

Now Viv wasn't the only thing that irked me in this book, the plot just UGHHHH. "WAIT, STEPHANIE WHAT PLOT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" "The almost NONEXISTENT one?" "Yes, the almost nonexistent plot."  I felt like nothing was planned out in this book, there wasn't enough organization and the plot just jumped off a cliff from the get go. There was so much repetition I was so bored. She just keeps doing the same thing over and over and over and over again. (See how annoying that is.)

Now, this book isn't all bad. Sure I wasn't a fan of it, but I loved Henley, he was so kind and Viv the whiner doesn't deserve to have him. He was one of the only reasons this book gets two wine glasses. I also liked the whole fairy tale aspect; she just didn't execute it well.

There was so much potential and I know Sarah Cross can write, I've read Kill Me Softly. I'm just going to toss this book in the "crap happens sometimes" bucket. I still look forward to seeing what she comes out with. After all this is only her second book.
Stay Drunk....On Books.
Love, Steph