All posts tagged: study in masochism

Review: XVI by Julia Karr

I’m having trouble beginning this review. I feel like I should give the author just a little bit of credit. This book was (I am presuming) intended to be a deconstruction of our culture’s attitude towards female sexuality. And I appreciate that. But, with the greatest respect … OH MY GOD WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. The story takes place in the year 2150; not a massive leap into the future, but apparently far enough that humans have colonized the moon and other planets, have started to use bloody annoying slang, and … there was something else, what was it..? Oh yes, society’s attitudes towards feminism, religion and equal rights have taken a complete turn for the worse. In the world of XVI, when teenagers turn sixteen they get an XVI tattoo on their wrist to signal to the world that they are adults now. That doesn’t mean they can live on their own, drink legally, or most of the things we associate with adulthood; it means they are essentially fair game. Sixteen-year-olds, or “sex-teens” as …

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Holy mother of an unspecified God.  Tahereh Mafi, what have you done to me? Just when I thought I was done with the YA genre, just when I had seriously considered deleting a ton of yet-to-read YA books off my kindle, I stumble upon this beauty. I was not supposed to like this book. I went into this with very low expectations. There are literally thousands of negative reviews on Goodreads alone, and from what people were saying, I was pretty damn sure I’d be writing another one of my famous rant-y reviews by the end of it. Sure enough I started off as I meant to continue, as I was annoyed simply by the author’s short bio: “TAREREH MAFI is a girl […] When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons and old receipts.” I mean…what? Shatter Me was supposed to be a steaming cesspit of manure. [This would be a very appropriate moment for a “never-have-I-been-so-wrong” meme] Shatter Me takes place in a dystopian future about which …

Review: Runes by Ednah Walters

I have a confession: sometimes I get a little trigger-happy on Netgalley. We all do it, don’t we? It’s far too easy to find ourselves overwhelmed with the amount of easily accessible arcs. The minute one looks even remotely up your alley all you have to do is click ‘request’ and you usually don’t even think twice. Then when your request gets approved you feel obliged to read it, even though in your slightly sobered-up mind you know now that there’s no way you’re going to actually enjoy this book; a suspicion that is immediately confirmed when the opening paragraph of said book makes you immediately aware that it’s going to fail the Bechdel test something chronic. “So unfair. My parents decided to limit my computer time again,” Cora griped and rolled her eyes into the webcam. “But as usual, my best friend Raine has my back, so here I am with the next ‘Hottie of the Week’. Before I can give you his stats, I need a break, so I’ll be back in a …

Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

It. Is. Over. I did it. I read the entire Hush, Hush series. And I came out alive. Just. When I started reading the very first book, I had no idea what I was getting myself in for. I believed I was in for a paranormal-romance treat. I didn’t heed anyone’s warnings. So allow me to attempt to warn you. Please God, let me help. I have read every book in this series and I have reviewed each one. But I can sum up the entire series in one .gif: Buckle up, kids. I am posting my final review of this hunk of rectal sputum book series, and you had better believe there are going to be some serious spoilers. Silence, the third book in the series, left off with Nora Grey killing the Black Hand, Hank Millar. She has sworn a blood-oath to become the new leader of the Nephilim army and lead the race in a war against the fallen angels. It’s not that she wants to lead the army – she wants …

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Okay, I knew this book was going to be bad. That’s the entire reason I picked it up really; for this review series I am doing. The trouble is, Fallen tried to trick me. It very nearly fooled me into thinking it was going to be a decent book, because it opened with some semi-decent writing (cliché as fuck, though). You know what I mean; it had intrigue, words were spelled correctly, it didn’t introduce a heroine I immediately connected with via my fist and her face. The acceptable prose showed promise. The fact that the book takes place in a mental hospital instead of an American high school was, I thought, an excellent change of pace; surely this book was going to be different, right? Anyone who has read my review of Hush, Hush will know that I am not so easily fooled any more. Fallen was one of those books that was so mind-numbingly dull it was almost impressive. I think Lauren Kate should get a medal for possessing such pure and unfiltered …