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Month: May 2014

Review for I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Review for I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Short review:

I am disappointed. I expected more and better of this book.9781423100034

The first part (before Josh) was great, I totally loved the setting. Boarding School? Spy School? Yes, Yes, yes please!
I loved the subjects. Various languages, lunches/breakfast/dinner that each require a language. So for instance, at lunch you would be required to speak only French, then at dinner only Korean. So much fun and a great way to learn a language. I would have loved to be at such a school. Learn about lockpicking, fingerprints, covert missions, languages and so much more. It sounds like a dream school.

At first I was worried I might not like Macey, but luckily, she isn’t overly in the picture and she also becomes less bratty and more normal as the book goes on.

Sadly, the part that I didn’t like was Josh. I am not a big fan of instalove, and this was a big case of it. She was smitten, instantly. And I can tell you, the rest of the book was like this: 30% of school, 20% spy and the rest, Josh, Josh and how to get Josh to go out with our main lead. And then of course the problem of not telling about her school and all the complications that come with that.

I did not, and I think I never will, like Mr. Solomon. My, oh my he is a prick. I really disliked him and how he acted. At times I was just hoping for a girl to actually smack his head or do some kind of ninja move on him. Sadly that never happened.

Now, will I be reading the rest of this series. No, because I fear it will be 70% Josh and only 30% awesome spy school stuff.

 

3stars

Review for Chasing Nikki

Review for Chasing Nikki

Well that was f-ed up last part. Urgh. Sorry, but I hate it when books do this. -2 stars. Gorgeous book, but I don’t see why this was needed.

9781468112429Let’s first post the good points:

*Their relationship was really cute, I loved how Nikki finally let Chase date her. And I love how creative she was (giving him a certain present, taking him to people and a certain movie). I loved how romantic they were together. While they kissed/hugged/etc. a lot, it wasn’t bothersome, it just fitted with the story.
*The fact they both lost their dads, they each understand how the other person feels, and they can hold each other when things go bad or if they need to talk about it.
*Chase. He wasn’t always good, but I know he did he best to get better, to feel better, to find purpose in his life. And I loved how he changed.
*The Cover, yes, while it is a little silly, I still like it. 🙂

Now the bad things:

*The sudden time skips. Chase would chat about various events that happened, but never actually came up in the book. I have had several times that I thumbed back to see if I missed something, pages, or sentences or anything, but it turns out I didn’t. I think it is a real shame. Either don’t mention them (and make the readers feel like we should know about them) or write them out and tell us.
*The ending or actually the whole last part. What the flying batpoop was up with that. There is a sort of explanation at the end, but sorry, I call bullpoop on that one. That was a totally unnecessary move, a total prick move, and one that caused at least 2 stars to go off the rating. I can imagine it might happen in real life, but come on, did you need to use that in a book? Sorry, but no. This totally destroyed the book for me.
*While I loved the Chase POV, I would have loved to have Nikki’s POV too, what made her change and why did she suddenly want to go out with Chase?

All in all, I was planning on buying this book and adding it to my bookshelves, but with the crap batpoop ending this one had, nope. This one doesn’t deserve being added.

 

2stars

Review for Computerheks in Gevaar

Review for Computerheks in Gevaar

9789045112367Tot dusver voor mij het slechtste boek in de serie.

Ik heb al een enorme, gruwelijke hekel aan Karel en zijn Goed/Slecht modus. Dit boek ging grotendeels over hem en een deal die hij sluit met een slechte tovenaar. Je kunt je dus wel voorstellen dat ik echt moeite moest doen om doo
r dit boek heen te komen, op sommige momenten had ik gewoon zin om het boek dicht te doen en iets anders te lezen. Gelukkig zijn deze boekjes kort dus heb ik doorgezet.

Het verhaal zelf vond ik leuk, eindelijk een echte slechterik. Een echte boze tovenaar. Die ook nog eens heksen/mensen op eet om hun krachten te krijgen. Super toppie.

Lot, Ursula en Trix zijn weer van partij en het was leuk om ze te zien heksen. Vooral de lessen waren leuk en hoe Trix en Lot oefenden op verschillende dingen.

Ik weet nog niet zeker of ik de serie verder wil lezen.

2stars

Review for Tempestuous

Review for Tempestuous

Short Review:

9781440552649Let’s just say, the first part was awesome, the second part was absolutely horrendous and boring.
I loved the idea: kids stranded in a mall? With a snowstorm going on? Wow, awesome. Can’t wait to see how that develops.

Instead, we get teen drama, breaking a mall (yes they do considerable damage to the mall) and some lame mystery going on (I knew for the start that that person would be the criminal).

Our main character was at times nice, but a lot of time she was just annoying, childish and thinking she was so high and mighty all the time. I didn’t like how she treated people around her. Thinking they are her lackeys and all men fall for her (she even rejected one thinking he was there for her). She changes a little at the end, but it is so little.

I did like Ariel, she was a nice character, though a bit too hyper at times.

Would I recommend this book? No.

1star

Review for The Stranger

Review for The Stranger

Short Review:9781466846111

This was a fun and interesting book. I am planning to read the first book in this series soon, so I decided to check the last prequel I still had left.

What can I say, it was pretty boring, and also at times it was highly confusing. Will we ever find out why Rachel was thrown into the water? What did she do wrong? Why is she so dedicated to the mermaid stuff? So nobody tries to kill her now? Will she ever betray them?

All in all, nice prequel, but I had hoped better. At least the cover is very very pretty. 🙂

3stars

Review for Denpa Kyoushi Vol.3

Review for Denpa Kyoushi Vol.3

Short review:

9784091238177I loved, loved, the first part of the manga. We have a new character and a new student for the teacher. It was really great to see him do everything for her and only ending up in failure in the end. I do hope she didn’t kill him for what he did to her career.

Then we have the second part, and boy, was that ever boring. I practically skipped (not reading the text bubbles), and was so happy when it was done and we got a non-laboratory chapter.

I do hope all that science stuff will be limited and we don’t get another x chapters with that. I was seriously thinking of dropping the manga at times.

But now I will continue, and I will look forward to the rest.

3stars

Review for Denpa Kyoushi Vol.2

Review for Denpa Kyoushi Vol.2

Woo! One of the characters of the earlier chapters is back! Soo happy to see her again. She was a great character and I was already afraid we wouldn’t see them any more.

978-4091236999The chapters are a bit shorter this time (in comparison the first chapters were around 40 to 60 pages, and the current chapters are all around 15 to 25), but we have 3 more chapters than the last time, so in the end it makes up for it. And I don’t mind shorter chapters since there is still so much happening in those pages.

This time though, we don’t really have a girl/new character each chapter. This time about half of the volume is about Nanami, his past and the people surrounding him. Nanami is just a big misunderstood guy, who had a crappy past with bad things happening. I felt sorry for him. Still doesn’t give him an excuse to be so violent though.
The rest is about the start of our teacher’s new job at the school and a new character who seems to have an anime voice (of course the teacher is very very interested in that).

I loved the battle and how the teacher tricked Nanami into thinking one thing, while he wasn’t even saying it was going to be that specifically. 🙂

I loved the anime girl, though, I still wish we would have seen what her actual score was and if she really went to that concert.

All in all a fantastic volume again, I really adore/love this series and I do hope that one day it will be out in English in print. *crosses fingers and hopes* I will be sure to read the rest of the manga.

5stars

Review for Enchanted Palace

Review for Enchanted Palace

Short review:

9781408308813This was a fun, cute little book. I loved the characters, though they are a bit stereotypical in how they behave or dress, every one of them has their set roles. Which is a bit a shame.

I loved the whole kingdom and all the magical creatures that resided there. The author sure is good with descriptions and the illustrations also help. At times I felt like I was there with the girls trying to find out how to fix things, eating cupcakes/cookies that make you fly. It was all wonderful.

I am not sure if I will continue reading the books, they aren’t that easily found here, and considering the series is not over yet (there are almost 30 books), I might just wait until everything is out/translated. Yes, I read this one in Dutch, but since this was such a fun book I write my review in English.

But all in all a wonderful book, and I am sure kids will love it. It is sweet, easy to read and just delightful fun.

 

3stars

Review for Fool Me Twice

Review for Fool Me Twice

I just adored Mackenzie (well for most of the book, she is a bit over the top at times, not just character but also with clothes/hair and other things), she is a cute and wonderful character, and I felt for her when we found out about Landon and her being dumped because he cared more for his ex. (stupid guy *rolls eyes*). However, while the book was fun, I had hoped she was more honest sooner. Instead of pretending to be his girlfriend the whole time, I just wish she would have told him, and sure he might have gotten angry, but now I was just waiting for the inevitable to happen and when it happened it was a bit anticlimactic, especially considering what happened.
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She is a strong character and I love how dedicated she is to things (though if we have to believe everything, she might be a bit over dedicated (painting your hair in blue/red, too much, just too much).

I did love how she thought up the pranks (her pranks were, at times a bit painful, but also hilarious fun). And I loved how a prank war ensued between Mackenzie/Bailey and Landon. How they each tried to do better than the other. (which ended in hilarious situations)

I disliked Landon in the beginning. He was a total asshole and I just wanted to smack him. Using Mackenzie like that, just no. Luckily he changes (yeah for hits to the head) and he becomes more sweet and nice. I really loved that Landon. 

Bailey, ah my favourite side-character. I loved her, she was a fantastic person and I loved how she was there for Mackenzie and tried to help her. I do hope these two will stay friends even when they are away from each other. *crosses fingers*

All in all a fun, interesting book and I would certainly recommend it. A nice summer read. But I will have to warn people, you will have to push yourself at times. I also had a few parts where I just wanted to close the book, but I continued, and dang I am happy I did.

4stars