Book Reviews

What is this?

Picture this:

  • A girl, lacking in height but overflowing in snark, with a long-dormant desire to write that was unceremoniously snuffed out by a dual credit English professor when she was 16. (I thought I was a great writer. Ms. Koesjan was sure to set me straight. She’s a gem.)
  • A bookshelf full of beautiful books with pretty words that made her ache, characters that made her cry, stories that made her dream…. and terrible words that made her cringe, characters who made her want to bash her head into the wall and curse the day God created man, and stories that made so little sense it was like listening to Donald Trump say anything about anything, ever.
  • A computer.
  • A library card.
  • A summer, absent of summer classes for the first time in a long time.

And thus, this blog was born.

I mainly read, and therefore will mainly write about, YA fiction. And holy shit there is so much of it. And holy shit so much of it is shit. So, here I am with an in-depth review of the novels I’ve read/am reading/will read. I’m going to discuss characters, plot, writing style, conflict, resolution, and the HEA factor (which is a big one for me), then rate the books on a scale of 1 to 5 in the following categories:

  • Reading Experience
    • Okay, so maybe the book was a little shallow, a little cheesy, a little bit shit… but was it FUN? Did it make me smile/cry/vomit/dieofboredom? Some books can be well-written and deep while simultaneously being the most painful hours of your life. That’s what matters here.
  • Content
    • Were the characters interesting and multi-dimensional? Was there growth? Did the conflict resolve too quickly, or drag on forever? Was the world well crafted?
  • Writing Style
    • Did the author spend fifteen pages describing the protagonist’s trash can? Do their characters “say” every. damn. thing. (*cough* JK Rowling πŸ˜‰ ) or does the author know how to use a freaking thesaurus? Also, I love Harry Potter with all my heart and soul, but daaaaaaamn. These characters don’t respond, or comment, or assert, ask, reply, yell, scream, sigh.. they just say crap over and over. Makes me insane.
  • Satisfaction
    • This is the feeling you get at the end of the book, when you put down the pages and move on with your life. It either fills you up or leaves you cold. It’s not necessarily about liking the way it ended or wishing there was more, though it can be. It’s more about how the book left you.
  • Overall
    • Do I recommend the book or not?

 

So, that’s it. That’s this blog.

Oh, and the occasional baking blog, which is my other great hobby in life.

Up First: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant, sometime next week.

Love and good book wishes,

Ashlea

 

 

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