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  • Hollowland (The Hollows #1) on Aug. 05, 2013

    What I liked: -The book starts off with some action, drawing you into the book. -Lazlo. The love interest wasn’t the stereotypical badass that always had to save the heroine. He was actually kind of useless and only good for his sarcastic humor. -Lazlo and Remy’s relationship. There wasn’t a case of insta-love. Remy is annoyed by him at first and considers him a burden, but he begins to grow on her after they go through some deadly experiences. -There are some cool zombie killings, even if they are a little over the top for a teenage girl to handle. -The ending. It was by far the best part of this book. Remy was so selfless and willing to make such a huge sacrifice for Max. it was probably my favorite part of the book. What I disliked: -Remy has a very easy time killing zombies. She survives many outrageous situations, all thanks to the training of a soldier. I could maybe buy her becoming proficient with a gun (I learned how to shoot fairly easily) but she was a bit of a cliché zombie killing badass. -Ripley. I mean, it’s really cool to think of having a pet lion at the end of the world, and she’s named after one of my favorite fictional heroines, but this bothered me. Lions do not follow people around like pet dogs. They don’t come when they’re called. -The cult. The whole thing was very cliché, especially with the circus tigers to guard the perimeter, and I thought it was unnecessary for the plot. Same with the marauders.
  • UnEnchanted on Aug. 05, 2013

    What I liked: -Originality. I’ve never read another book like this before, so it automatically gets points for that. The book had an interesting premise, one that drew me in from the very beginning. I’ve always loved my old fairytales, and it was nice to read a more adult version that was more dangerous and exciting. -Mina. I liked the main character, and for once, I liked not being trapped inside her inner thoughts throughout the entire book. This was told from third person, giving us some space between the angst-filled thoughts of a lovesick teenager, which made her more relatable and more bearable. -Jared. I wasn’t sure whether to add him under “liked” or “disliked”. I liked that he wasn’t clear about his loyalties, and I liked that Mina didn’t know whether to trust him or not. But I honestly think the whole “trust-a-complete-stranger-because-I-say-so” thing gets old really fast, and it’s way overused in young adult fiction. I also disliked that he’s obviously going to be a future love interest for Mina, probably during the second book. What I disliked: -Punctuation. The quotations marks were really weird when I read this story. They were used incorrectly. There were also some questions marks where other punctuation should have been used. The punctuation bothered me a bit while reading and was slightly distracting, but it wasn’t enough to make me stop. -Brody. He’s the standard perfect love interest—rich, popular, super handsome, friendly, kind, and famous—which makes him boring. He and Mina’s relationship was rushed and fake, and it did absolutely nothing for me. Honestly, I felt like the whole romance angle was just a way to pad the story. To me, it didn’t seem to have any kind of purpose other than to give Mina something to angst over. I hate love like that
  • All in One Night on Dec. 09, 2014

    Creative idea, poor execution. The writing was stiff and it didn't flow well at all. The sex was...odd to say the least. It definitely was not erotic.
  • No Good Deed... on Dec. 09, 2014

    Not a full four stars, but not bad. The sex was a little awkward and felt rushed; it could have used a few more details to slow things down and make them more intimate and erotic. But the overall writing wasn't too bad. It was a short, kinda cute read that only took a few minutes. For free, it was okay.
  • Sensual Exorcist: Book 1 on Dec. 09, 2014

    Not a full three stars. The writing was good, the sex was good, but the main character is insufferable even in such a small book. I hate cheaters and "the other woman", and it made me feel uncomfortable to read about an affair going on. Because Alexa puts her own selfish desires ahead of someone else's happy marriage, I found my enjoyment of the book greatly lessened.