Friday, August 1, 2014

Mafia Girl: Review

Mafia GirlTitle: Mafia Girl
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Genre: YA, Crime, Contemporary, Romance
Series: None
Rating: 2 trees

Gia's father is the head of a powerful mob in New York City. Since Gia is the "don's daughter", as she feels the need to consistently remind the reader, she is living the high life. After Gia and her BEST FRIEND Ro get pulled over for speeding, being drunk, and potentially being high, Gia falls in love with the cop. *DUN, DUN, DUN*
Gia also has to deal with everyday matters like running for class president and being featured in Vogue! Yet she juggles it all using her awesome connections and friends.

I don't know if you can tell from the summary of the book that I wrote, but my thoughts on Mafia Girl are not all that positive.
I picked this up hoping it was going to be a light, fun read, maybe even something that could pull me out of my reading slump. Instead I got a book where I was forced to reread passages in order to understand what the heck was going on. There were several times when Gia was doing something and then BOOM something completely different was happening at a different place and I didn't even realize the setting changed. So then I would go back and reread the passsage two or three times trying to make sense of it all.
For example:
So when he grabs my hand, I follow him into the laundry room.
Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.
The door to my room flings open and me dad x-rays me so hard I can practically feel the burn.
Do you see my point? At first s'hes in the laundry room and then BAM it's her bedroom. I was feeling so confused...

Another thing about this book that I hated was Gia 's need to label every single person in the entire school with some type of derogatory term.
...what I'll say to the a**holes at Morgan to get the to vote for me...
Man, I would totally vote for her if she was at my school she doesn't seem stuck up or nasty at all! Gia truly believes that she is better than every single person in her school... BUT then at the same time she hates herself a little bit. She was constantly calling herself a slut and her friends also referred to her as such.... (which confused me even more because she didn't seem the least bit slutty....)

Basically in Gia's perfect the world, EVERYTHING revolves around her. Her friends think she is so amazing! When she first tells them about running for class president the response she gets is is immediate. The tell her how freaking amazing she is and how she will win. Which I mean is cool and everthing, except for the fact that she's a  absolute jerk towards the entire school. How could you possibly win with that kind of reputation?

I would also like to point out that Gia is a stalker. After being puller over by a cop, who she refers to as Officer Hottie, she proceeds to have her friends hack things in order to find out where he lives, where he goes when he's off work, and even his entire back story. Because ya know, that's not creepy at all!!!
When she meets up with him at this bar (after sneaking out of her house) she proceeds to give him her number and tells him that he should call her... (Can we also please note that she went to a bar that was full of cops and managed to use her fake ID to buy beer and wasn't caught...)

It's been one week, sixteen hours, and thirty seven minutes or so since I've last seen Michael. I check my phone every time I inhale to see if he might have broken down and called.

So after he still hasn't called her she finds him again, where she once again completely freaks both him and the reader out.

I wake up at night thinking about you, Michael.
(There is one point where he calls her and they jusr sit there silently and listen to each other breath... How creepy can it get?)

 There were several other places where there were inconsistencies in the writing and with the characters. At one point Gia complains about not having Michael's number where only pages before he had just texted her asking to meet up and she had replied. Gia also kept talking about how Ro was her absolute best friend with Clive at a close second, yet I can barely remember any sections focusing on Ro. It was all about Clive and his terrible life where his parents don't love him. (I also found this hard to believe. I can't believe his parents would just leave him around like that and act as though he was inconsequential... The author tried to make a valid reason for there actions, but it didn't make much sense to me.)

I also completely don't understand how Gia can constantly talk about being a straight A student and then do what she does. I also thought her dream seemed a bit out of place... ***Highlight this next part to see a spoiler*** I don't get why she wants to go to law school. I completely don't see her motivations or why her dad would be so happy about it. I also don't understand how she'll be able to get into law school with her arrest record.... I don't understand her plan....

Mafia Girl had potential, yet I found it to be lacking in so many aspects. The characters were weak and the plot was basically about Gia and Michael's epic romance. There were other events (like Vogue and the school election along the way) but in the big picture it didn't really matter.

I really wish that before picking up the book I had read reviews for it so that I wasn't so surprised. Mafia Girl just wasn't the book for me.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

My thoughts on DNFing

Personally I've always considered myself to be a realist. I see things for what they are and I accept that. Yet when it comes to reading I never manage to keep that view.
I always go into a book believing that it has the potential to be the best book I've ever read. It could be about something I despise or adore or it could be something completely new or something overused.
To me each book has that potential to completely blow my mind and truthfully I won't normally pick up a book that I don't think I'm going to like.

But then, I'm sure you all know that feeling when you get to a book and just hate it. For some reason it doesn't sit right with you and you just don't want to go on. 

So maybe at first you just continue to push on and think this will get better. I mean it has to, right? It's a book it has to get better. But there gets to be a point where you just start to think it's impossible for it to redeem itself and that is the point when most people would DNF because really, what's the point of wasting your time on a bad book when there are SO MANY good books out there! 
Unfortunately that's not me and I'm not sure it ever will be. To me even books that bore me to tears, I still need to finish. I stay optimistic and keep thinking it will get better even if I'm two pages from the end. I JUST CAN'T STOP MYSELF. It's often like a car crash for me, it may be terrible and awful but I can't bring myself to ever look away.
I can count on one hand the number of books that I've DNFed..... And that means I've read some extremely unenjoyable books straight through until the end.

What brought on this post though is an issue that I've had of late. I have read several books in a row that I just wasn't into. I put them down and then picked them back up hoping that all of a sudden it would get better and also so that I could satisfy my curiosity, yet all that it has really done has been to put me in a reading slump....

So my question to you all is how do you decide to DNF a book?
Are there any tips that you can give me to make it easier? 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: Of Metal and Wishes

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
Of Metal and Wishes
By Sarah Fine

Of Metal and WishesThere are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

RELEASE DATE: August 5th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: Not a fan of the cover, but the book sounds like something I could definitely be into.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I own the most books from

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

(The beautiful picture of my Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy/Dana
Girls Collection. In case you can't tell they're all double stacked!)
Top Ten Authors I own the most books from
I definitely own a lot of books, but typically they are all from different authors. Some of these books I may only own four from some of these authors, but to me, it's amazing that I've managed

1.) Carolyn Keene~ I know that the Nancy Drew books were written by a multitude of different ghost writers. Yet this is definitely a series where I own nearly every book.

2.) On that note Franklin W. Dixon is also a main author that can be found on my bookshelves... (There are a lot more Hardy Boy books than what's in that picture

3.) Angie Sage was a favorite author of mine when I was younger. I own all of the Septimus Heap series.

4.) J.K. Rowling~ Ummmm... Harry Potter, duh.... I own all of those books and then copies of some of them.

5.) Michael Scott~The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is one of my all time favorite series.

6.) Scott Westerfeld~ I own most of his books.... Definitely an author I own a lot of.

7.) Kasie West~I own all four of her books, which is kind of shocking, I tend not to buy the same books

8.) Kelly Oram~ Definitely one my favorite authors and I own all of her books on my kindle.

9.) Ally Carter~ She writes such fun exciting books I have to own all of them!

10.) And finally Rick Riordan~ On my shelf you can find almost every book he has written just because.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: The Girl from the Well

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
The Girl from the Well
By Rin Chupeco

The Girl from the WellYou may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

RELEASE DATE: August 5th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: OMG, this book sounds beyond fantastic! I need it soooo much! It sounds great!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Islands at the End of the World

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
The Island at the End of the World
By Austin Aslan

The Islands at the End of the WorldIn this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.
   A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels. The author has a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

RELEASE DATE: August 5th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: I'm really in the mood to read something about Hawaii and this book sounds so interesting. Definitely can't wait for this one's release!