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TGIF!

Mar
25

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TGIF is brought to us by Ginger at GReads!

It’s a way for bloggers to celebrate the end of the week with a nice re-cap of their weekly posts and to answer a random question.

Writing negative reviews: Are you guilty of it? 

Of course. As a book reviewer/blogger, I feel that I owe other readers, and the author, an honest review. “Negative,” I think, is a harsh term. Most times I don’t feel clear-cut negatively or positively about a book; I typically see some good and some bad – pros and cons, which I do my best to point out in my reviews. My main struggle is using a five-star rating system, which gives the appearance that I either really like or dislike a book. ?I know other bloggers use different styles of rating systems (such as letter grades for every element, including the cover art), and I know others that entirely did away with ratings. I personally use the rating system as a quick-glance judgement for readers; I understand that sometimes people aren’t interested in fully reading a review.
Any way I look at it, I will not shy from writing the “negative” review. Of course, I won’t bash the author or anything else to that extreme. Never. I think that’s when “negative” reviews gain the unpopular views from outsiders, which blurs the lines for us bloggers. But so long as you can keep level-headed and keep the review pertained to the story itself, a “negative” review is perfectly fine.
(My apologies for the rambling!)

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Waiting On Wednesday
REVIEW! Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Coming up this week:
REVIEW for The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter!

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Waiting On Wednesday (7).

Mar
23

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Waiting On Wednesday is from Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Die for Me

Amy Plum
SUMMARY (from Amazon):
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life-and memories-behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

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I’m not by any means a paranormal romance lover. But this cover is gorgeous and catchy, and the description plays the story off as some weird retelling of Romeo & Juliet.

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REVIEW! Bumped.

Mar
22

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Book reviews, Four Stars

Bumped
Megan McCafferty

SUMMARY (FROM AMAZON):

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

My rating: 4 stars.
?MY THOUGHTS:
Gah.
Sound familiar? Well, it will. Because it’s the one word main character Melody insists on repeating.
Aside from that minor annoyance, Bumped is well-constructed. Twins Melody and Harmony are so fleshed out, so detailed in their personalities, that you don’t automatically assume they’re weird, freakish futuristic people. They may be set in a world very different from ours, but they could easily be your friends.

Melody is the independent thinker in a conformist society that’s essentially forcing teenage girls to get pregnant. Harmony is the typical long-lost sister, coming from a different part of society that focuses on religion (Religious references are used often. They do not at all make the story feel preachy). Melody grows as a character, but I can’t say the same for Harmony. It really feels as though Melody tackles each of her problems and looks to resolve them, while Harmony’s just.. there. She’s a bit too fickle as a character, her thoughts and motives inconsistently changing; I didn’t know when to believe her, and that left me a bit estranged from her character.

As for their world, it’s very thought-out, with a clash of old and new. Girls are encouraged to become pregnant multiple times before they’re eighteen, guys act as nothing more than sex toys, and parents basically market their children to reproduce. The estrangement from the parents plays a weird role in Bumped. Melody’s parents appear to be over-protective and have her entire life planned. But midway through the novel, they drop off the radar and are never really mentioned again; this made some situations more unbelievable.

The writing is catchy and descriptive. The romance is a bit forced and somewhat unnatural in their setting. The ending doesn’t feel like an ending. But all in all Bumped is a fresh idea with a really good execution.

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