Tuesday Feels

 

This is another diary-ish post, if you haven’t noticed lately I have only been posting only reviews and I feel guilty that I don’t do ‘Top Ten Tuesdays’ or ‘WWW Wednesdays’ etc anymore and it’s not that I don’t want to. I do but I have been swamped with work literally SWAMPED. During my lunch hour I just sleep my exhaustion off. Mental exhaustion that is and this caused me to slack off in my blogging.

I feel bad because there is so many things that need my attention that my focus for my blog is shoved aside. I have work, then chores which if you must know also includes Malaysian style gardening which just involves; me, a machete and a forest…  A  LITERAL FOREST OF WEEDS to chop down, then there is the occasional exercise then it is time for reading and practice my brushlettering and this is not including family time or religious classes during the weekends which I am coerced to go by my mother.

So as you can see I am SWAMPED so by the time I finally get to my blog I am just too tired to do anything but I will try to improve and do the whole write a bunch of posts and schedule it out. I just gotta find my rhythm again and since tomorrow is a holiday I will use that to get my blog affairs straight.

Till then friends. 😀

Why YA is not for me anymore

Yeah this is a Thursdays with Ezza done on a Monday because last week this dim witted fool posted double reviews and thus leaving Mondays post empty. Tsk Tsk Tsk. So this post is more like a rant as to why I cannot digest YA any longer.

The first time I got sick of the YA genre was about 4-5 years ago when the whole star-crossed lover’s ft supernatural creatures were all the hype (I am talking about you Twilight and Linger and god knows what else). After that I took an approximate 4 year break form the main YA genre. I still read a lot of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson but not the main main YA because my soul had given up on it.

Lately on blogs I saw that a lot of people and I mean a lot have really liked the newer generation of YA books so I thought ‘hey maybe after 4 years-ish it will be different’ and so I plunged in again into the YA world and lo and behold I am once again at that crossroad of either wanting to give up or continue to persevere and see whether my soul can be salvaged.

I am at the crossroad because obviously I have not read the really famous ones like ‘ACOMAF’ or ‘Vicious’ or ‘Cinder’ etc so I can’t really say that yeah I’d give up again but because I have read ‘The Scorpio Races’, ‘Red queen’ and now ‘The Fading Dusk’ and some others I can’t really remember I feel like my soul just CANNOT DIGEST IT anymore.

I do not like reading a book and just feeling annoyed out of my mind at the characters and occasionally the plot. Reading should be fun and enjoyable not filled with annoyance. The reason why I feel so annoyed with YA sometimes is because of:

  • Insta-love
    • What in the damn hoodly hey! Nobody falls in love instantaneously! That is either infatuation or lust. Insta-lust I totally get but not insta-love. Some insta-love happens so quick you really have to wonder why this young lady is the main character when she obviously cannot control herself and is doing some really dubious actions.
  • Love triangle
    • I SWEAR TO GOD THIS ANNOYS ME TO HELL AND BACK! Always with the damn love triangle. If it was well written, well plotted, I wouldn’t mind. I mean I loved the love triangle in ‘The Hunger Games’ that is a well written love triangle. If you must have a love triangle at least spruce it up a bit. Why must it always be two men and one woman? Why can’t it be two women one man? Or all three of them women? Maybe one is transgender?
  • Heroines that have no idea what to do
    • I especially hate it if they are written to supposedly be spunky and a rebel but just comes off as annoying, obnoxious and annoying. I don’t like heroines that constantly needs to be saved or helped. That is a damsel in distress not heroine. I want them to at least have an inkling of what to do next if they do not know what to do next then at least be bad ass at something. Anything. Knitting maybe? Brush lettering? Some sort of skill that makes you worthy of being a heroine rather than just be the object of affection for two males who for some reason just has to like you out of the almost 8 billion population on Earth.
  • Characters that cannot see the bigger picture
    • Like they think they know all that and they be all flippin tables and freakin out and refusing to listen to reason from older characters because lets face it these young adults KNOW EVERYTHING. Like I wish I can tell them to calm yo tits down girl! and think logically for once and not just go all YOLO with life.

So far this all I have got for now, it’s not much but it sure is enough for me to really think should I continue with this YA quest? A part or me wants to read all those famous YA books right now just to see what is the hype about and whether they deserve it but another part of me just doesn’t want to be annoyed and at the end disappointed.

Yes yes I know I rated the ‘The Scorpio Races’ a 4 (I think) but if you read that review then you would know it took me 80% of the book to finally like heroine. That is about 380 ish pages to finally have a smidge of emotion for the heroine other than annoyance and the feeling that she is rather dim. If it takes a reader that long to like a character that is not a good sign.

Maybe I just need a semi-break from YA. Yeah I think that is the answer to that I will read mainly other genres and then throw in one YA book a month to freshen up my reading palette. One YA book I am very interested in reading is that Lunar Chronicles series book thing. From what I have been reading on Goodreads and blogs the book doesn’t seem to have things that trigger my annoyance but alas my library doesn’t stock those books.

I think my annoyance is also partially due because of age perhaps? Maybe internally I am a 85 year old woman who is so done with mish mash problems of fictional youth.

#ReadThemAllThon UPDATE!!

 

Finally guys, FINALLY! I have an update on this readathon and my pokemon Ralts! I thought my poor baby would never evolve at the rate I am reading and tweeting. So since next week will be the last week I AM GOING ALL OUT!!! I will go crazy with my tweets and pics taken with Pokemon Go (to be honest I do not have the app so I will borrow my friends phone to capture the pics… This is what bestfriends are for). So continuing with the update/overview of Ralts!

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Initial Stats: 10CP

  • 4 tweets = +8CP (god this is embarassing… 4 tweets?! JUST 4?!)
  • Read (+31CP) + Reviewed (+20CP) + Finished (+20CP) ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ = +71CP
  • Read (+48CP) + Reviewed (+20CP) + Finished (+20CP) ‘The Scorpio Races’ = +88CP

 

Total = 167CP + 10CP = 177CP

EVOLVE RALTS EVOLVE!!!!

So, Ralts has now evolved to Kirlia and obtained another 50 CP totaling it to 227CP!!!!! Yeay! This evolution and earning two badges which was the Flame badge and also the Cascade badge.

Now witness my trainer card which is a complete mess but all the same at least I have one now >w<

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Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Published: 10th January 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books

Source: Local Library

Rating: 4/5 anythings

Goodreads Summary

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: 22nd October 2011

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Local Library

Rating: 4/5 anythings

 

Goodreads Summary

Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible.

When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.

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Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

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Source: Local Library

Ratin: 4/5 anything

Goodreads Summary

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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Review: Stop Press Murder

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Title: Stop Press Murder

Author: Peter Bartram

Published: 26th August 2016

Publisher: Roundfire Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5 anythings

 

Goodreads Summary

FIRST, the saucy film of a nude woman bathing is stolen from a What the Butler Saw machine on Brighton s Palace Pier. NEXT, the pier s night-watchman is murdered – his body found in the coconut shy. COLIN CRAMPTON, ace reporter on the Evening Chronicle, senses a scoop when he s the only journalist to discover a link between the two crimes. HE UNCOVERS a 50-year feud between twin sisters – one a screen siren from the days of silent movies, the other the haughty wife of an aristocrat. BUT COLIN S investigation spirals out of control – as he RISKS HIS LIFE to land the biggest story of his career. STOP PRESS MURDER, a Swinging Sixties mystery, has more twists and turns than a country lane. It will keep you guessing – and laughing – right to the last page.”

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Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

 

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Author: Robert Galbraith

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Published: 14th April 2015

Source: Personal

Rating: 4/5 anything

 

 

 

 

Goodreads Summary

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives–meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

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Mini Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

 

Title: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Published: 30th August 2016

Publisher: Dutton Books for young readers

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5 anythings

 

Goodreads summary

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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