Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus

Shiver the Whole Night Through
by Darragh McManus

Summary: After months of bullying and romantic heartbreak, seventeen-year-old Aidan Flood feels just about ready to end it all. But when he wakes up one morning to find that local beauty and town sweetheart Sláine McAuley actually has, he discovers a new sense of purpose, and becomes determined to find out what happened to her. The town is happy to put it down to suicide, but then one night Aidan gets a message, scratched in ice on his bedroom window: 'I didn't kill myself.' Who is contacting him? And if Sláine didn't end her own life... who did?
 Before I start my review, it's only fair that I explain something first: I started reading this when some personal things were happening and I tried to push through the book even when worse things were happening (my grandad died last Saturday)... I just wanted to explain that, because if I'm in the wrong mood for a certain book, it will impact my overall opinion of it.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, onto the book itself...

I wanted to love this book, I really thought I would because the summary sounded awesome, but I didn't like it much. There were parts I liked, parts I hated, and a whole lot that just bored me--all of that averaged out to the book being kind of...meh, in my opinion.

The biggest issue for me was the characters. I just - I didn't care about any of them and it's impossible for me to feel invested in the story or compelled to finish it if I don't give a damn what happens to the characters.

The main character was annoying at worst and dull at best, and the love interest could have been interesting but seeing her through the filter of his eyes just snuffed out any chance of that. I don't know if that disconnect from the characters was caused by the book itself or if it's just down to what I explained at the beginning of this review, but it made the book a struggle to get through.

The romance...it was really bland, it didn't seem like the characters loved each other at all, there was no spark. They seemed like, I dunno, siblings sometimes...like she was his older sister or something...and a lot of the time it just seemed creepy (and I don't think it was in a way that was intended, it was obvious the parts that were meant to be creepy), there wasn't really anything romantic about the two of them together at all.

The writing was good, I'll give it that (the last three pages were especially lovely), I'd be interesting in reading other books by the author based on the writing alone.

And the plot was original, but the originality didn't make me like it...I can't explain all of the things I disliked about it without giving spoilers, all I can say really was that I was bored through about 80% of the book and that other 20% wasn't good enough to make me forgive that (which was possible--there's a book on my favourites shelf right now that nearly bored me to tears but wowed me with an amazing twist and perfect ending).

I hate how negative this review is...the book wasn't awful, it just wasn't the right book for me, especially not this month (I pushed to finish it because it was a review book that I felt obligated to get through which probably wasn't my best idea).

I'll rate it 3 stars out of 5, it would be lower but I think I would've liked it more had I read it any other time. I do recommend checking it out though, if it sounds interesting to you because you'll probably have more luck with it than I did.

Later.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up (19)

Julie

Book Haul


I skipped last week since I had a really slow book haul week, wasn't reading much, and had little to say. Then this week happened.


Week 1:
The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre (egalley via Netgalley)
Love, Lucy by April Lindner (ARC via NOVL program)

Week 2:
Tracked by Jenny Martin (egalley via publicist)
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (egalley via publisher from Netgalley)
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard (Kindle freebie)
3: AM Kisses by Addison Moore (Kindle freebie)
One Dream Only by Elodie Nowodazkij (Kindle freebie)
Starstruck by Lauren Syvertsen (Kindle freebie)
Omega City by Diana Peterfreund (ARC from publisher)
The Cage by Megan Shepherd (ARC from publisher)
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (ARC from publisher)
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman (ARC from publisher)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (finished copy from publisher)

(Note: There's been...a lot more since then, but it's late and I'm sleepy, so I'll just throw them on to next week's.)

I'm SO STOKED for a lot of these, guys. So. Stoked.

Books Read 


A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas 
Skandal by Lindsay Smith
 
Upcoming Reads


Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

I'm already almost done with Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (SO!!! GOOD!!!) and I'm a good way through None of the Above as well. And since it's a holiday weekend...a girl can hope, right?

Odds and Ends 

My birthday was yesterday and it was really lovely. I got up early to see Mockingjay with my mom, then we went to lunch at my favorite Mexican food place, rested for a few hours, then I went to dinner with two of my best friends. When we came back, I opened presents and we collected cupcakes and candy and began a movie night (Despicable Me 2 and Austenland) while looking through yearbooks before eventually starting a Mario Kart tournament. It's not super special, but it's the kind of birthday I like. And today, I get cake. I also could NOT be more excited to have a shortened week. I'm going to be working on a few things in December I'm thrilled about, but I could definitely use some more rest and quiet time first.

--Julie

Lanna:
So, it's been a while. I haven't been reading as much as I'd want to this month, partially because of NaNoWriMo and partially because of family stuff. I was planning on doing a read-a-thon today and tomorrow, but my grandad died today so I don't think I'll be able to focus on that--I'm pretty much just writing this post as a distraction from thinking and feeling. I'll shut up now.

Book haul

These are all the books I've gotten since...whenever I last did one of these posts. 

For review:

Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus (started this already, it's good so far).
Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson (netgalley)
Captive by A.J. Grainger (netgalley)


Bought (I had a gift card):



Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Pirates Wish & The Assassins Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

I think that's all. What've you guys been reading? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned?

Later.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up (18)

On the Blog

Monday: THE WALLED CITY was kind of a let down



Julie

Book Haul



Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Part-Time Princess by Pamela Dumond
Inherit Midnight by Kae Meyers


These were all egalleys from Edelweiss or Netgalley. They all seem really interesting in VERY different ways and I'm excited for them. Also, kinda happy to have such a slow week.


Books Read




Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins




GUYS IT'S SO GOOD. I'm so glad I was FINALLY able to finish this since I've been working on it for weeks.

I had hoped to read more since it was a slower-week school wise but...I'll explain.

Upcoming Reads


Skandal by Lindsay Smith
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

I'm reading both of these now and I'm LOVING Skandal. Not quite as enthused by A Wicked Thing, but it's a fast moving read.

Odds and Ends 

So, I've been dealing with a recurring health issue periodically for a year and a half now. This week it finally knocked me on my ass. I could barely move for two days and basically laid in bed and watched Gilmore Girls for hours. I finally went to a doctor and was able to start functioning again on Thursday but I'm still FAR from 100%. It's been kinda terrible. But today I'm staying home and doing laundry and working on NaNoWriMo and school and work stuff, then I can try to figure out how to get to my campus Monday morning. I was finally about to catch up on things last week too. =/ Hopefully before the holidays everything will get worked out!

--Julie

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