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Book Review: Awaken

Book: Awaken
Author: Meg Cabot
Recommend: Worth finishing the series but only just…

I loved the first two books in this series. It was actually fun to read which was shocking considering how much the author usually annoys me. However, this book seemed to have far too much going on with no breath between any action sequence – at all. The author was attempting to go for fast paced and exciting but it became so frenzied that it toppled over and caused me as a reader to become annoyed and detached due to the fact that it never slowed down. This one needed to be longer and not quite so easy to predict.

It wasn’t all negative though. the story was decently pulled towards a reasonable conclusion and I find it satisfying to reach the end, even though I was not even remotely as enamored with the characters as I had been. I also think that it would have been better if I had read them as a complete set instead of having to wait for book three. By the time it came out, I was so far removed from the first two that it was hard to get back into it.

Not a bad read but nothing that made me super excited to check out.

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Book Review: Underworld

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Book: Underworld

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: Definitely worth reading. Better than the first book!

After reading the first book in this series, I had to know what happened next and so I requested book two from the library. More often than not, the second book in a series is not a strong. There are many reasons for this including a much shorter time to write it, using something to prolong the story or the introduction of a poorly planned love triangle. This book however, suffers from none of these things and while it isn’t the strongest bit of writing I’ve ever read, this is a big step up from the creator of Princess Mia.

A modern retelling of the story of Persephone, this story follows Pierce as she tries to save her cousin from school bullies who place him in a life threatening situation. As she tries to help her cousin she learns more about her situation in the Underworld and who John really is.

I think the writing was far better in this book and the plot clipped along at a good pace. Overall, it was a much stronger read than the first book. At one point I wanted to shout at the main character like the dumb girl in every horror movie you’ve ever seen that goes into the scary house instead of calling for help and waiting outside. Yep. She has not one but two big moments where she is really that clueless. I mean does she not know the story of Persephone at all?

There were a couple of plot points in here that were a little too lame to be real and while the writing was better, I wanted more insight and detail than the author gave.

While this was a much better read than the first books, it still wasn’t among my favorites.

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Book Review: Abandon

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Book: Abandon

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: Surprisingly yes.

I was prepared to not enjoy this one at all. The last few books by this author that I’ve picked up have just not been very good at all. I got into this one and at first I thought it was another dud. However, she surprised me and pulled an enjoyable plot out of her head this time.

Pierce is a teenage girl who almost died. When she woke she had a strange necklace that no one could remember and then strange things began to happen. Hoping to start new, her mother moves back them back to the island where she grew up with a school for problem kids like Pierce because Pierce had never been normal since the day she almost died and it all centered around John. John has taken a special interest in Pierce and which is the last thing she wants since John rules the underworld.

This is basically a re-imagining of the Persephone myth, one of my favorites from Greek mythology. It definitely is fast paced and I loved the frequent quotes from Dante‘s inferno.

However, there were a few places, especially towards the beginning where I simply had no idea what was going on because the author was moving too fast. It wasn’t any literary device, she seemed to simply forget that the reader wouldn’t understand her world as well as she did. I hate when authors do this and am very thankful that it rarely happens.

That being said, I did request the second book in the series and am looking forward to reading it because most of the book was an engaging and pleasant experience. I don’t think I’ll be adding them to my library anytime soon, but they were a decent one time read.

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Book Review: A bite with a disapointing aftertaste..

Book: Overbite

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: It was an interesting read but the ending was disappointing…

I went to the library today instead of the bookstore. I’m not sure what prompted me to do so actually but I decided on the library today. Maybe I was on the hunt for something different. I went through their best picks section and picked up a book I had been interested by before but not enough to actually get into. I knew Meg Cabot from her Princess Diaries books which I am sad to say, I did not enjoy very much. So I was a bit skeptical when I started reading this one.

The story centers around a vampire hunter working for a secret organization of the Vatican called the Palatine named Meena who had the unfortunate distinction of falling in love with the Prince of Darkness, Dracula’s son. She was still in love with him and was fighting against him at the same time, convinced that there was still some good in him. I really liked Meena quite a bit and found the fact that she loved Lucien but was fighting it interesting until I reached the last 50 pages or so. This book, the second in a series, was obviously her reaction to Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse series and her displeasure with the idea that the female lead character couldn’t seem to fight her love for the vampires she should have stayed away from. I think that is one of the aspects that makes both series so engaging, while Cabot just ruins it with an uninteresting and flat character that basically ruined the book for me. I found nothing original in the work, but found it to a borrowing of many other famous vampire lore so often redone and overdone. She really had nothing new to add which was disappointing because it showed so much promise.

Not one I would bother wasting your time one. I was thoroughly disappointed in it. I have a feeling that many will disagree with me on this one though. Please feel free to share your thoughts if you’ve read this one.

Final Rating:

TRASH IT!!

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