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Mesg #187 "Rose's (Rschmfem) Reading List for 2012"
Author rschmfem     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Tue Apr-24-12 01:15 PM
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Hi everyone! I have been popping in an out of FMW for years now, and I've only just noticed this awesome Challenge to READ!

I am going to get in on this!

Read so far for 2012:
1.) Everlost (Skinjacker, #1) by Neal Shusterman
2.) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
3.) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare
4.) How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To Series #2) by Vicky Dreiling
5.) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare


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Mesg #206 "RE: 6.) The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Arm..."
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I did not like the ending of this book.

The first 3/4ths were OK. I liked the character development and the action and the story up until the not-really-good-enough conflict and resolution. Left me feeling empty, disappointed and cheated $10.00-$15.00 that I paid for the audio book on audible.com

Don't get me wrong, though. Armstrong has a definite talent with the written word, but in this series the first installment was a bit of the same kind of ending reaction too but I figured heck it's a series opener... and a new author what should I expect. But this second installment really let me down. I was expecting more and received less than what I wanted.

That might be harsh, cruel and down right mean. But I expect more out of published works, that's all. Not scams that break one book of three acts into three separate books.

My opinion.

And unfortunately, I'm the kind of reader/reviewer who speaks my mind and isn't solely for the purpose of brown nosing authors for them to like me and give me free things to review.

It's nice when it happens but I am just being brutally honest here. This is the third book I've read in my life that had a horrible ending structure.

And I don't think I want to read the rest of the series.

All in all, I wish I could rewind the story and listen to it again and have it be completely different and re-write my review with raves and positiveness and love!

But I can't.
Sorry.

Adios,
R

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Mesg #208 "RE: 6.) The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Arm..."
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Mon Apr-30-12 07:12 AMby RavenCorbie

I don't think there's anything wrong with being honest. I am, too. I don't usually put a lot of time/effort into discussing books I didn't like, so my positive reviews tend to be longer than my negative ones, but I'm honest in this thread, too.

That said, for an actual review, say on my blog, I only do reviews of books I liked. I suppose it could look like I'm just brown-nosing, but my goal is to help more people find good books. That doesn't really leave much room for negative reviews of books I didn't like, so I just don't mention them. Here, I want to discuss ALL the books I've read, so I do mention when something wasn't to my liking.

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I've read some Kelley Armstrong, but not this series. I've generally liked the main plots, but hated the romantic subplots. They always seemed too obvious and there was too much time spent on them when I wanted to read more about the mystery or other main plot.

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Mesg #209 "RE: 6.) The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Arm..."
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I have a review blog too. The only place other than here that I've let some not so positive remarks fly in a review is when I like the book. And something irritates me about it. Like the ending, the grammar, a particular character (not always a bad thing though... gotta hate someone in the story)...

I guess, when I feel let down, I should say so. I expected more. And got less than I bargained for.

I don't read books i don't enjoy... I stop reading them actually. I think that speaks more than any review, in my opinion.

I definitely agree with you on not brown nosing but I don't understand why people would suffer through a book they don't enjoy. Every book has some kind of audience. And it's silly to think that one book can please every mind. Some come closer than others, but overall it's not likely.

I don't disrespect the author though. She's brilliant. I just feel cheated like the serial trend is getting way out of hand...

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Mesg #211 "RE: 6.) The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Arm..."
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My curiosity is stronger than my dislike of a given book, so unless it's really, really bad, I usually read the whole book because I want to see if it redeems itself. The need to know for sure is too strong most of the time. It happens with movies, too, which is why I tend to be really picky when deciding what movie to watch. I'm not as picky with books because I just like reading itself.

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Mesg #212 "RE: 6.) The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Arm..."
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Ah, THAT does make sense. I guess I am the same way but I have to be sucked into the book initially. I do try to stick with one that I mostly enjoy though. Or at least take a long break and read easier, thrilly-ier stories in that time instead.

I guess I'm just disappointed it Didn't redeem itself to me. Oi vey.

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