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Thursday, May 7, 2015

ARC review : The Reaper's Daughter by KM Randall

I’ve always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before ...

They call her the Grim Reaper.

I received this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Ugh. Not sure where to even begin with this. I am giving it three stars because it wasn't awful, but it wasn't great either...frankly it was either interesting, annoying or boring... So here were are. The concept isn't bad, but the biggest mistake of ANY book can have is when the secondary characters are more interesting than the main ones.

Things I liked? The idea that depending on what you believe in spiritually (or for atheists where you are from) determines what Death God or his/her offspring reaps you when you die. Umm, and Shelby the MC's BFF, that's about it.

Big issues, aside from the one I mentioned above?:

EVERYONE and I do mean EVERYONE acts smarter than Blake, the MC. She spends the first half of the book whining, complaining and trying to find a way around the rules when everyone is screaming at her that souls have to be reaped in a certain time frame in a certain way. She is stubborn to the point of idiocy and has a hard time coping with things she is seeing and experiencing.

Once Blake does accept her powers suddenly she is BAM all super powerful insta-reaper who needs basically no training and doesn't tire like other half breed Death Deities. Also did I mention she is a Mary Sue (albeit an adrenaline junkie). Special Snow Flake who doesn't think she's pretty and is oh so totally AVERAGE.

The only YA trope this novel didn't have was a insta-love and love triangle, so I guess that's something. The book also went about ten pages longer than is should have so hopefully this copy hasn't had an edit yet. There is going to be a sequel, but let's leave a little mystery to what that book will be about instead of giving us a basic plot point run down the final chapter of the current book. Have I mentioned how sick of YA series I am?

This was an easy read and parts were good and enjoyable, nothing really wrong with the writing and I may give this author another chance with a different book.

So....Happy Reading.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the brilliant Broke and Bookish this week we are featuring top ten books you will never read. What books will never make it to your TBR pile and why?

Mine are a combo of series I gave up on, authors I hate and books that just don't appeal to me.

1)Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
1) Not a big fan of Russian literature
2) Plot seems dull
3) Have you seen how many pages it is?

2)Created to Be his Help Meet by Debbie Pearl
Bunch of overly Christian male dominated rules about being the perfect wife, written by a crazy woman.

3) 300 Sandwiches a Multi layered Love Story With Recipes by Stephanie Smith
She got her boyfriend to agree to propose if she made him 300 sandwiches in a year. It was a stupid blogger thing she got a book deal for. Would be cute had the boyfriend been joking and she not taken it seriously. So stupid.

4)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Has a trigger scene where the boy freaks cause the girl he likes leave without waking him up. Romanticizes stalking and angry abusive alpha male boyfriends and the idea a woman can"change" her partner.

5) The Elite by Kiera Cass
I find this series to be misogynistic in concept at best and have no desire to read it or any other novels by this author. Also, really not interested in the plot.

6)Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Isn't it enough I read the first book? Ugh, worse "erotica" I have ever read. And Twilight Fan Fic at it's worse.

7)Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Have you read my reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse Books? I didn't read the last two in the series and why would I? Ugh the bad sex scenes alone were enough to keep me from cracking open these pages. Plus Sookie is a slut shaming slut lol

8) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My husband read this last year and gave me the 411, he and his book club hated it and I have not been impressed with the movie trailer or the book synopsis.

9)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I have seen all the movies up to now and honestly don't care for the story-line. I fast forward through most of the actual "hunger games" parts. I asked friends who read the books if Katniss is as mopey, sullen and kind of a brat in the books like she is in the movies and most said yes. I'd rather read Divergent, please and thank you. Kids killing kids for fun, I will pass.

10) Game of Thrones (any book) by George RR Martin
Watched the first two season and have no need to read about all the characters I find enjoyment in dying. Plus epic fantasy? Not my thing.