REVIEW: Exposed by Susan Vaught

Chan Shealy is an all American girl, a baton-twirler, straight-A student. But when she looks for a boyfriend online, sure that she’s following the rules and staying safe, she finds herself the victim of a pedophile whose interests are worse than she ever imagines… it is almost too late when she realizes what she must do to stop him.

Another book I have given up on. I’ll keep it quick but the reasons why I decided not to finish this one are because (1) I didn’t like Chan. She wasn’t relatable and was way too naive. (2) Her family wasn’t really realistic. I’m sure there is some family out there where the mom wears political shirts every day and the father is an obese pushover but again not realistic and not relatable for the average person reading this book. (3) It seems really dated even though it was written in 2008. I felt like a lot of the stuff she was going over was stuff that we all had to learn when AOL came out. Or kids younger than 16 now learn. (4) Her sister Lauren, acted like she was a moody sixteen-year-old instead of an eight-year-old.

I only read about 1/3 of the book and I put it down. Maybe these things that I didn’t like don’t stay consistent throughout the rest of the book. I’ll never know. But if you have interest in it check it out because on Goodreads it does have an average rating of 3.57, so there are a whole lot of people who liked it. Just not me.

Also there is no rating because I didn’t finish it. Who knows, maybe it was fantastic and I’ll never know.

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REVIEW: Destined by PC & Kristin Cast

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet—which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together—if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow…

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more—or possibly less—than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him—and everyone—from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

Dear House of Night series,

I know we’ve had a steady relationship since you came out in 2007. But I just can’t take this anymore. We used to be of like mind. We enjoyed the same things. You confided in me and I trusted you to tell a single story and move from point A to point B.

But you’ve changed. You’ve changed so much. I can’t stand it anymore. With all you POVs it’s like you’ve got multiple personalities. I thought that if I could just see you though Zoey’s trek into the Otherworld that we could be together again. That I could enjoy the stories you told me. That we could hate Neferet together. But now I know I was wrong to think that if I just hoped hard enough and stayed with you that I could change you.

But now it’s time for me to live my life. I’m giving up on what has become a stale relationship. I’m moving on. And trust me, it’s you, not me.

Merry meet, merry part and merry I’m never picking up another one of your books again,

Tattoogirl

PS: As always, I don’t give a rating for books I didn’t finish because maybe just maybe they turn out awesome in the end and I just didn’t have enough patience.

Crap My Friends Make Me Read: The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

In one week, Manhattan will be gone.

In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.

At New York’s JFK Airport an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane . . . and what he finds makes his blood run cold.

A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire–lethal, merciless, hungry . . . “vampiric.”

And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here . . .

Recommended by: Polish Girl

Ahhh, I give up. It’s not that it’s horrible but I just don’t care what happens. So Manhattan and eventually the world is swallowed up by a vampiric pandemic? So what? I just don’t give a hoot.

I was really excited to read this because of Guillermo Del Toro’s name stamped across the top. I love his movies and he thoroughly creeped me out during Mama, but I just didn’t care about his characters and thought his vampires were a little too weird for me. Did anyone think that Blade 2’s vamps were just too weird? Then you’ll think the same of these.

The only character I actually cared about was Abraham, the silver haired vampire hunter that once was in a work camp back in the Holocaust. That said, he still couldn’t even shine bright enough for me to finish it.

And you know my rules, I don’t give a star rating when I don’t finish it. I mean, what if it’s freaking awesome in the end?