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What I Have Noticed About Romance Novels

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Many romance novels that I have read often portray the mate as “perfect” or “irresistible”. Even if they aren’t perfect their good qualities are more noticeable than the negative one’s. I have noticed that this happens more often with teenage romance novels. A lot of romance novels have happy endings. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing. But have you ever read a romance novel that doesn’t have a happy ending? Or one where the main character doesn’t get the guy or girl that they wanted to be with? A good example of that would be the book version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. (It’s actually a fairy tale not a novel but it’s a story.) Does she marry the prince in the Disney movie? Yes. But in the original story she didn’t and it also had a completely different moral. But it’s still a great story in my opinion. I’m not complaining about anything I am just typing my thoughts on this. What are your thoughts on romance novels? 

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Envy Book Review

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Envy is an Empty Coffin novel by Gregg Olsen. It’s about a pair of telepathic twin sisters who uncover the case of their friends death. Their names are Hayley and Taylor Ryan. Their friend is Katie. What they try to figure out if it was suicide or murder. I know the answer I’m just not telling you because I don’t put spoilers in my book reviews. This is one of the very few mystery books that I have read. Most of the novels that I have read are romance. This time I wanted to try something different. Katie had very low self esteem and also engaged in self harm. Because of this many people assumed that her death was from suicide. One of the things that I didn’t like about this story was how boring the twins personalities were. Even though Katie’s “best friend” was quite a snob I still found her more entertaining to read about than Hayley and Taylor. I also found the twins powers hard to understand while I was reading about them. I didn’t understand how they figured out what their powers were telling them because it was hard to connect to the situation.  But the case itself was okay. It was a little predictable but it wasn’t as predictable as Scooby Doo. But if you compare it to Law and Order, it’s very predictable. I would give this book 2 stars out of 5.

Carrie by Stephen King Review

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Carrie is a gory, horror and suspenseful well written book by Stephen King. It is about a teenage girl named Carrie White who gets bullied numerous times at school and has an over religious crazy mother who also treats her very cruelly. In the book Carrie discovers that she had telekinesis after she has her menstrual cycle for the first time. When she first discovered her menstruation she knew absolutely nothing about it and thought that she was bleading to death. First off, I want to let you know that most of the characters in this book are very cruel! I felt sorry for the main character throughout the book. But I must say that Stephen King has quite an imagination and while I did get the chills while reading certain scenes I still enjoyed the book very much! I would give this book 5 stars out of 5. It really made me think about revenge and consequences.

Fallen by Lauren Kate Book Review

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Fallen is the first book of it’s own series by Lauren Kate. It is a romance and fantasy (But mostly romance.) novel about a teenage girl named Lucinda Price who is often referred to as “Luce”, and is sent to a reform boarding school called “Sword and Cross” after being accused of murdering a boy by starting a fire. The story is mainly centered around the romance between Luce and a mysterious yet at first rude guy named Daniel Grigori who Luce also finds strangely familiar. However, she also finds herself attracted to another guy at Sword and Cross named Cameron Briel who appears to be very charming and is mainly referred to as “Cam”. Let me stop right there for a second. Although it bothered me that it took a little too long for the book to reach the climax, it bothered me even more that the main character (Luce) kept falling for the at first seeming “bad boy” (Daniel) who flipped her off when they first met and then she has a hard time choosing between him and Mr.Charming (Cam). I don’t dislike Luce, although I did find her pretty naive and found some of the other characters more likeable. But overall, the story is very thrilling and a huge page turner once you reach the climax. Luce eventually finds out why Daniel seemed so familiar and why he acted the way he did at first. I’ll stop right there. I don’t want to spoil the ending. Overall I would give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Teardrop by Lauren Kate Book Review

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2013-12-29-20-49-48-1203655097 Teardrop is the first book of its own series and was written by Lauren Kate whom which is also known as the author of the Fallen series. Teardrop is about a teenage girl named Eureka Boudreaux who use to be very close to her mother until she passed away and drowned in a horrible accident. After her mother’s funeral she was given three inheritance gifts: a sealed locket, a thunder stone, and a mysterious book that was written in a language that most people could not translate. She also falls head over heals for a mysterious guy named Ander whom she eventually finds out has a lot to do with her situation. Throughout the novel Eureka discovers the mysteries behind Ander, her inheritance and the secrets of her destiny. Sounds interesting, huh? While I did find this novel interesting and mysterious, I did not find the main character very appealing. Eureka was pessimistic, stubborn and refused to open up to people. Ever since her mother passed away she was very depressed (Which is understandable.) but even though her family tries to help her she wouldn’t let them. She always closed herself out from people and acted like nobody could ever understand her. She use to be suicidal and was in a mental hospital for 2 weeks and therapy was mandatory for her, but she thought that all of the therapists that she had seen wouldn’t be able to help her.  In her therapy sessions she would try to avoid conversation, wait for time to fly by, or leave early.She thought that therapy would be uuseless and a waste of her time. Another thing that bothered me about this book was how overly dragged on The description of the appearances of the  characters or setting were. I understand that books should have a description of the setting , but we don’t need a full page filled with every detail. Despite the flaws that I have mentioned about the novel, I have stil found the story overal, interesting and enjoyable. But, you should read the novel and see what you think of it. I would give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5 at the least and 3 stars out of 5 at the most. Thanks for reading!
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