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Mini Mondays – Passion, Fallen In Love, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Welcome to a new segment I am introducing to try and help keep me up to date with my reviews, even if I don’t have much to say about them. This segment is going to be called Mini Mondays. In these posts I will be reviewing about 3 books in a couple of paragraphs. Because of the size and nature of these reviews, they will generally only be 1-3 stars. I might as well get on with it now.

Tpassionitle: Passion [Fallen 3]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 420

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As some of you who have been following me for quite awhile, over two years ago I started reviewing the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I reviewed Fallen and Torment and then the reviews stopped. This was for only one reason that up until I decided I would allow myself to do these mini reviews, I could not get past. I hated this book, and when I reviewing these books they were re-reads. I could not bring myself to read it for the third time (I read it twice because I forgot how much I hated it between its release and Raptures). I found this book to be completely pointless, and brought nothing to the story. There are only certain sections of this book that you actually need to read to know what on earth is happening in the last book. The story drags and just repeats itself over and over again. Part of me wants to let this detail go because Luce and Daniel’s story is very repetitive, but that doesn’t mean we needed to be reading about them at all. We got the idea of it when it was explained to us in the first 2 books.

So I am going to do something a little sacrilegious in the book community and basically suggest that you just skim read this book and avoid most of it. If it were not for those few moments on goodness or needed information, I would say just skip it. The Daniel chapters in the first half you can avoid all together.

 

Fallen-In-Love-cover-fallen-by-lauren-kate-26640712-1668-2524Title: Fallen In Love [Fallen 3.5]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 201

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel a bit cheesy saying this but I will anyway, I did not fall in love with this book. We were given a number of stories to read about in the world of Fallen, which In theory could be really interesting. There are a wide variety of characters in this book and we do not know a lot of their backstories, which could be extensive when dealing with the lives of the angels on Earth. However, I found that I in general did not like the stories being told. The book in the Fallen series that I liked the least was the third book Passion, as you can see in my review above, and I found these stories were just more of the same rubbish we got in that book. The only story I liked in this book was the third story because we finally got Arianne backstory on how she got the scares that were such a big mystery in the main story but never got answered. I also found this one to be the best written. In the others I felt like the characters had lost their depth and were not acting like themselves, but with Arianne I didn’t have this issue.

If you liked the main series, and were driven crazy about what on earth happened to Arianne like I was, I would suggest picking up this book purely to read that story. I would even suggest skipping the other ones if they are not seeming too wonderful, since you will not be missing anything by not reading them.

picture of dorian grayTitle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic, Gothic

Length: 214

Rating: 3 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Looking back on the comments I made about the book and the rating I gave it on goodreads, I am really surprised. In my head all I remember is totally hating this book and thinking it was one of the most boring books I have read with just horrible characters that just didn’t have any redeeming qualities.

When I actually stop to think about it though, I suppose it was not as bad as it came out to be in my mind. It did have series flaws that refrained me from putting it up anymore stars. In a style that I generally find in classics, certain parts of it just dragged on and on, and were painfully boring. Parts of the story held no purpose to the overall plot and were in there just as word filler. I remember hating Henry(?) and coming to hate Dorian, but I don’t think I had any issues with the rest of the characters.

I think if the book had of just focussed more on Dorian and his picture, and the fact he was struggling to stay beautiful on the inside while his picture made him beautiful on the outside. I would have loved more of a look at the fantasy element and the overall idea of what makes beauty and what we should seek in life. But those pointless and long bits just ruined the story for me.

Since my memory of the story was clouded by the bits I did not like, I cannot really say if anyone should read this book. I am most certainly not going to give it another try to find out.

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Book Review – Torment

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Title: Torment [Fallen 2]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Length: 452

Rating: 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Now we move onto the second book in our Fallen series, Torment. Sections of this book I loved and other bits not so much.

First and foremost the thing that really made the book for me, the school. Luce gets hidden away at a school for Nephilim, anyone who has angel genes in them. I loved the school and the whole idea behind it. The campus is like the complete opposite to that of Luce’s previous school and even though I liked the idea of the story being set there I like this school more. Its filled with kids that can do cool stuff because they are part angel, really whats not to like about that? The school and some of the things that happen while they are there is really what made the book for me.

Luce and Daniel are now in a relationship, and its a super back and forth one at that. They fight over nothing. All the time. This would probably be normal for teenage relationships, but one of them isn’t actually a teenager. I could see why Daniel would be bossy because of this. Luce on the other hand became stupider in this book. I get that she is very confused about what is going on because the angels cannot tell her everything in the fear that she might burst into flame and die forever, but come on. They tell her some things and she just completely ignores it. A number of times Daniel tells her that Cam is not the enemy in this book and her little brain can’t seem to grasp that and then is still shocked when she finally works out that its true. God Luce frustrates me.

We don’t really get much of the old characters in this book and instead deal with some new ones, and with these new ones comes a new love triangle. Yay… I just love those… Luce isn’t that great guys, calm down. The only person that we get to actually meet that is old is Callie, she never made a physical appearance in the first book. I personally would love to have a best friend like Callie, shes so nice. I felt bad for her at the end of the book. She wasn’t prepared for the things she saw and didn’t deserve it. I wonder why she didn’t burst into flame.

So yeah, some cool new stuff and some same stupid stuff. An enjoyable book though! Now onto the next one.

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Book Review – Fallen

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Title: Fallen [Fallen 1]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Length: 332

Rating: 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The first thing that grabbed me about this story is that they are not vampires! Yay! These days I don’t read a lot of books just because they are about vampires because there are so many it can get hard to weed out the good from the bad. So fallen angels was a nice change of pace.

The fact that Luce and Daniel have loved each other over and over again is played up and repeated a bit too much for me. I get that its a major point in the story but it got a bit boring to me. This may be because this is my third time reading the book though… I don’t think I cared the first time.

Daniel slipped up about this fact a bit too much for me as well. He has been  doing this for a really long time, I find it a bit hard to believe that he was that stupid that he hadn’t learnt to keep it hidden by now… The fact that it is brought up that he can’t tell her things for her own safety only makes this fact made it more annoying to me. I think Daniel is kind of dumb though. He still acts like a teenager but he never really was one so I don’t get why he is so dumb.

If I was Luce I totally would have gone for Cam in this book far more than Daniel, he was so nice for the most part and hot. She could have left him when he turned out evil and then gone for Daniel. Luce I also think is a bit stupid and a little full of herself, but she isn’t aware of this at all. That being said though I didn’t mind being in her head. She is nice enough.

I also loved some of the other characters that we meet and they keep the story interesting. That and the fact that this is all taking place in a reform school were kids wear things like ankle bracelets. Nice touch I must say.

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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I would like to point out that I don’t actually have OCD (I think), if I do it’s probably really mild stuff. This series of posts will be about observations that drive me completely insane in regards to books and writing.

I went to get books the other day and I noticed that I’m starting to develop a serious issue. All my books must be of the same height. Now this might not seem like a big issue, and at first it wasn’t for me either, but I’m starting to feel this compulsion restrain me from enjoying my reading time.

At first it started off as a simple kind of thing. All books in the same series must be of the same height. Easy enough and really understandable on the grand scheme of things. They must be pretty, matching and neat. Unfortunately for me this level of the OCD trait is aggravated by one series on my shelf, Twilight, because I was given the first two books in the series at the same time and they were both of different heights.

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The first book in the series just gives me a headache everytime I look at it, but I just can’t justify finding the larger size copy to match the rest of my Stephanie Meyer books because I feel like the Twilight series is one I probably won’t love till the end of time. So that this issue never happens again I have put off buying books for ages. One of my series that is not complete is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. It has been over a year since the final book Rapture was release and there is still an empty spot on my shelf for it. But, I spose I will continue to wait until I finally see the correct size so something like this doesn’t happen:

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This poor person has THREE different book sizes for this series. Gah I think I would just die.

Then my obsession started growing more. I own the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and this series kind of branches off and continues in a different characters perspective in the new series Bloodlines. To me, it might as well be the same series, so the height rules was applied. I didn’t want something like this to happen:

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BUT, now a new issue arises for me. The first book in the new series Bloodlines was release in mid 2011 and its now the end of 2013 and I still have not seen it released in a smaller size. A general rule I have noticed with releasing books in a different size is that it normally takes about a year. Its been more than a year. Does this mean its just not going to come out in this smaller size? If so what on earth am I going to do? Do I forever deny myself of something I really want to read possibly forever because I can’t handle the different book sizes, or do I try and get over it (so not easy to do) and then possibly have to risk the fact that I might cry and have to buy them all over again if they finally release them in a different size once I bought the books?

Then the other day while looking at my shelf I noticed that It had turned into something more. Books by the same author but are in no way related to each other being a different size to one another started to freak me out. For example, there two books of mine by Kresley Cole:

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They are nothing alike, Poison Princess is a young adult book and A Hunger Like No Other is one of her adult smutty slightly too rape like adult books, but the fact that I can’t put them neatly next to each other on my shelf has been giving me more and more concern. My chest kind of tightens when I think about it.

Now the fact that I feel like this makes me worry, because I can totally see myself getting more OCD and then insisting that all my books be of the same height. That would make my reading life way more complicated.

Do any of you guys out there in reader land have this issue? How bad is it for you? Or do you not care a bit? If so, how can I stop carring so much!

Till next time…