Books

Wallbanger

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Wallbanger

Author: Alice Clayton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Grade: B

Caroline is loving her brand new apartment in the city. That is until one night the nocturnal activities of her neighbor Simon Parker just about bring down her walls. And it’s not just one night. The real story kicks off when Caroline finally decides she’s had enough and confronts him.

This of course leads to your usual tango of anger, friendship, lust and the all too perfect scenario where it turns out everyone important in their lives actually know each other or start dating each other.

Not to be cynical because overall I actually enjoyed the read. It was quick, easy and something a little different for me. But at one point when Caroline is hanging out with her friends the 9o’s sitcom/ Sex and the City vibes started and they stayed with me strong throughout the rest of the book. Which didn’t really bother me but did in some strange way affect my reading. I couldn’t really see it as original.

And everyone is of course perfect. Caroline’s biggest problem as we find out straight off is that she’s missing her “O.” Which sucks of course but then again she’s attractive, she’s living in a rent controlled apartment in San Fran., her boss is perfect and they can gossip over lunch together, her friends are great and her cat is like a precocious child. Hell, she’s even a great cook. Kind of hard to feel sorry for her about the whole missing O. 🙂

There is one little hiccup near the end that I appreciated but it didn’t last long and I don’t want to get into spoilers.

Recommend: Yes. Despite my issues with the book it worked for what I wanted something quick and easy and different to break a slump. It’s totally worth checking out but for me, honestly, I probably won’t be continuing with this particular series.

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The Infinite Sea

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The Infinite Sea

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Sci-Fi

Grace: C

Long term reading goal: Finish at least some of the series I’ve started.

Yep, that’s been a goal for a long time! There’s just so many series. But this book is the sequel to The Fifth Wave (see movie trailer here) The story continues of Cassie and her little brother and the other teenage soldiers they sprung at the end of the first book continues even though all hope definitely seems lost.

They are holed up in an abandon hotel so Cassie can wait for Evan who may or may not be dead but either way he’s a turned alien so everyone else isn’t exactly thrilled to death at their love or happy to be waiting around for him.

This book was a typical sequel which is why I stuck it at an average C. There’s a lot going on but somehow at the end not much had happened. Ringer is a huge part of this book and that’s okay I like the character but she’s probably fifty percent of the book alone so if you’re in it for Cassie and Evan that might be a problem.

Everything is set up. Give credit where it’s due there are some answers provided and I’m definitely going to read the third book.

But I’ll tell you (without giving away any spoilers) there is one part with Cassie where she does something so dumb and does get people killed that it bothered me for the rest of the book and I don’t know if there’s any going back with that character for me. Unfortunately because I did like her in the beginning.

 Recommend: I was going to say yes but instead I reserve the right to judgement until I finish the series. Hopefully by putting this in writing I actually will!

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Vivian Apple At The End of the World

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Vivian’s parents have joined thousands of others in the Church of America worshipping to a guy with the name Frick who believes the rapture is coming. After attending a rapture party and nothing happening Vivian returns home the next morning to find her parent’s missing and two holes in their bedroom roof. They aren’t the only ones either. She decides along with her best friend to take a car trip across the country to California and try to get some answers.

This was an interesting idea book and an easy read for the most part. But in the end I came away not liking it mostly because I couldn’t believe it.

I mean call me hopeful but I just couldn’t believe that people would be so dumb or that no one in the country (and the biggest number given for the disappearances is 3,000 so there’s plenty of people left in the country) wouldn’t look into this mystery. Okay there’s some other stuff going on- mostly strange weather problems and violence breaking out but still you’d think someone besides Vivian would say hey, what’s really behind all this?

To get to deep into why I didn’t really like the book would be to give out spoilers but Vivian misses some pretty big stuff about her family particularly her mother so again I find it hard to believe she’d be the one to pick up on and unravel this mystery. It didn’t hold up. For that matter Vivian rightly wants to find out what happened to her parent’s but the impression they left me with even through her memories was that she might be better off without them.

Also- and this was a big thing for me. There’s one point in which her and her friend Harp run for their lives and leave behind another friend whose trying to save two elderly sick men. Fine. Most people would probably run my biggest problem is when they’re free and clear they do…

Nothing. They don’t go to the cops. They don’t go to the FBI. They don’t go to the media. (And really you’d think the media would be all over this.) They’re just like huh, really hope he’s okay and we see him again. Let’s just continue on with what we want to do. Some friends. That just bugged me way too much and brought the characters down in my opinion.

Recommend: Too many problems including some serious plot holes. Book two of this series is already out (because everything has to be a series these days.) I am a little interested in the fate of the friend they left behind but I’ll probably just check out spoilers and reviews instead of reading it.