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Jamie McGuire
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Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick There was very little I liked about this book. My initial reaction was "I hated it" but that's not entirely true. However, I honestly believe it's one of the worst pieces of fiction I've ever read. Strong statement? Maybe. Right now though, I truly believe it.I normally write down my immediate thoughts upon finishing a book. My reaction (read: anger) was so strong this time, I decided to wait about 24 hours and see if I felt the same way. I do.This book infuriated me. Nora is the stupidest, weakest protagonist I've ever encountered. Ever. And! These qualities were unintentional, which is quite unfortunate. She's intended to be intriguing and pure...no. Just...no. She's pathetic and makes no sense. Much like the plot.I was initially interested because I liked the idea of fallen angels. It's a refreshing change from the usual topic in YA lately, if you know what I mean. Too bad that aspect has little to nothing to do with the plot. You wait and wait and wait and then FINALLY at the VERY end do we get any insight on the mythos at all. Unfortunately, all that waiting isn't even rewarded because the explanations are sloppy, poorly researched, and overall unsatisfying.The angel himself is a whole other issue. He's greedy, manipulative, misogynistic, and cruel. One minute he's all "in love" and the next he's completely psychopathic. He's not the only character with such erratic behaviour. Elliot suffers a very unmotivated personality change into a very stereotypical creep. It's seriously out of nowhere, and only happens to further the plot....excuse me, the "plot".Back to the "plot". It's pretty much 3/4s of an annoying back and forth between Nora and Patch who have no real chemistry or any reason at all to even be attracted to one another. That's followed by a bunch of angel mythology that's been slapped in clumsily at the end to tie up those dratted loose ends.Speaking of the end. I nearly threw the book. All the conveniences, the complete lack of consequence, the completely unsatisfying resolution...UGH. I just did not see the point of anything that happened. Really. I didn't care about Nora, or her mom, or Vee, or Patch, or Elliot, or ANYONE. I actually took the side of Jules, the supposed villain. He had been completely violated and manipulated repeatedly by Patch AND was a relative of Nora's and she STILL chose Patch over him. What the actual fuck?In summary: Awful book, terrible characters, no plot, mediocre writing....pathetic. The cover IS gorgeous, though.

Good Omens

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman Well, I'm not going to lie. I went in with very high expectations and emerged slightly disappointed. Only slightly. I really enjoyed it and I thought it was pretty fantastic at most parts, but I didn't find it genius, which is the most popular adjective when it comes to reading reviews of this book.First of all, I loved the characters Crowley and Aziraphale. They were easily the greatest parts of this book. I loved the description of Crowley in the cast of characters, where it's said that he's not so much fallen, as "sauntered vaguely downwards". That part was genius, I will admit. I also loved how, when it came down to it, they were completely unconventional. The characterization in general was pretty terrific. Distinct personalities and natural dialogue will always get a thumbs up from me.My only real "complaint", if you will, is that I found both Newt and Anathema to be complete bores. I don't really understand why they were even there....oh well. I loved Adam Young enough to make up for it. Who would have guessed that the antichrist would be so sensible? I also really liked the ideas on humanity and divinity (and devilry, too, I suppose) that were presented. I love that Crowley barely had to do things because he saw that humans came up with much more evil things themselves.The humour itself (for which the novel is highly noted) was pretty good, though I'm sure many a British joke was lost on me. Poor, young, Canadian me. At any rate, I laughed often. Always a good sign.Compared to other books of similar length, it was a kind of long read for me. I didn't get sucked in as much as with some other novels, and I was never really dying to get back to it, but overall, I would say that it's well worth the time. The characters are definitely what made this book appealing to me!