Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By the Time You Read this, I'll be Dead- Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters is the type of author who likes to write about teens with Issues. You know, depression, not fitting in, being either L, G, B, or T, and the like.  This book is about suicide and bullying, two Issues facing many teens, and ones I can relate to as well.

Daelyn has been bullied all her life.  She's a shy, timid girl who had been overweight most of her life and was picked on and humiliated by her peers.  Her parents change her schools a lot, but she's still always a target.
Daelyn has attempted suicide before, but only managed to injure herself.  She feels that there is no reason to live because everyone is so mean to her, she hates herself, and has nowhere to turn.

There were times in this book when I thought, 'Oh, Daelyn, can't you see someone trying to reach out to you?' but she always cut them off because she'd been hurt too many times.  She finds a website in which people discuss their reasons for wanting to die and logs on.  Few people respond to each other.  It's mostly people complaining about their own lives without commenting much on other peoples' problems.  This is pretty typical of suicidal people; they are so consumed with their own misery that it's hard to see anyone else.

I wouldn't judge people based on this, however.  It's clear that it's a mental illness; you feel cut off from the world, and unloved; you simply do not see people who want to help you or befriend you.  It's hard to empathize with other people because all you can see is your own misfortune.

I thought this was a very good example of what a suicidal teen goes through.  Bullying is one thing, but not the only thing, that can cause such behavior in young people.  Daelyn also felt that she was inadequate in every way and wishes she could be like the strong heroine in some romance novels she's read over and over.

A boy shows up named Santana whom she believes just wants to make her life more miserable, but as he continues to 'bother' her, she finds out more about his life but still believes that if he knew her, he would dislike her.

The ending of the novel is open-ended; you can sort of decide for yourself what you think happens to Daelyn.  I'd tell you what I think, but I wouldn't want to spoil the book.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Never to Sleep- Rachel Vincent

Yup, it's another SOUL SCREAMERS novella!  Whooeee!
 Unfortunately, Sophie is the main character.
Sophie has few redeeming qualities . . .
Now, I hate Sabine, but her line of thought is basically "NASH NASH NASH NASH oooh BAD DREAMS HA NASH NASH." Sophie is basically, "ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I wanted to hit her. And there is a new character, a necromancer, and at first he's all, "oh Sophie is HOTNESS" and later gets irritated with her but sticks with it cause she's still "the HOTNESS." And Sophie gets stuck in the Netherworld, and screams herself there, and STILL DOESN'T MAKE THE CONNECTION ABOUT KAYLEE'S SCREAMING TENDENCIES AND BITCHES ABOUT HOW SHE'S CRAZY STILL. STILL. Come on, you self-obsessed moron, you screamed yourself into a bizarre situation, but you still don't think, 'hey wait . . . maybe my cousin who SCREAMS like I just did has something to do with this!'

Sure, Sophie has a lot of determination, but she's still a bitch. And she's shallow.  And self absorbed.  She's the kind of person who has potential, but it's completely wasted on her because she's spoiled and obnoxious.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Lost in Time- Melissa De La Cruz

I swear, the Blue Bloods series books are all different.  And now things are getting heavy.
Forget being in school and modeling, now these vampires are battling trolls and demons and visiting Hell.

So Schuyler ran off with Jack, and they're trying to find an elusive Catherine, and Oliver had nothing better to do than go to Hell with Mimi (WTF, mate?) to track down her lost Silver Blood lover Kingsley.  Mimi is her usual self-absorbed bitchy self, only now she's all, 'wahhh Kingsley Martin isn't obsessed with me and I have to go to Hell to get him and then LATER I'll kill Jack,' and so she does her normal activities there, such as obsessing over how attractive she is and taking things out on poor Oliver.

I met Melissa de la Cruz in October (again!) and she asked me if I were a 'Jack' or an 'Oliver.' I of course said 'Oliver,' and both Melissa and Margaret Stohl were like, 'But NO ONE is an Oliver!'

So besides the fact that I'm unique and I root for the underdog, I loved this book.  Not because of the torture Oliver goes through, but because of . . . well, everything.  It was rather an exciting book.  I mean, kidnappings, demon wives, train rides through purgatory, love triangles . . .

Also in this book, we get to learn more about Allegra and why she left her bond-mate Charles for someone else.  While not as exciting as what was happening in the present, Allegra's story was illuminating but still left questions unanswered.

I doubt this book will disappoint any Blue Bloods fans, and if it does, then obviously, they're not interested in it for the right reasons.  Or so I think.