I really want to catch up reviewing this year, so I've written two reviews for books that I read back in 2014. I'm hoping to be almost 50% caught up by the end of 2017 with reviewing.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
First book in the Maze Runner series
wakes up and he doesn’t know what’s going on. He can’t remember
anything at all- except his name. He meets a bunch of boys who can’t
speak proper English and have come up with the most irritating slang
vocabulary. “Nice to meet ya, shank.” Then a girl arrives and the weird
thing is- Thomas can hear her. What the fuck is going on? Thomas is
obsessed with becoming a Maze Runner and there is running in a maze.
Stabby, stabby, stab, die, die, the end. There you go, that’s the whole
plot of The Maze Runner. You can go ahead and skip this novel because it
is one of those novels that is pretty much a waste of time to read.
Apparently, the only reason I picked this book up (according to my notes
from 2014) is because of the movie. I was in love with Dylan O’Brien
for a long time (I still probably am, but I haven’t seen Teen Wolf in
years) and I was all for going see his sexy face on the gigantic, big
screen. He didn’t disappoint. In fact, The Maze Runner makes an
excellent film, but a horrible book.
Whimsical Writing Scale: 2
main male character is Thomas. Thomas is a forgettable character. I
read this book over 2 years ago, and none of his character traits stuck
with me. He isn’t memorable and even during reading I couldn’t pinpoint
one thing that made him a sympathetic hero. I didn’t care what happened
to him or where the story went because I wasn’t invested.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 2
main female character is Theresa. Literally the female equivalent of
Thomas. Their names are similar, they share thoughts, they have similar
features from what I remember, and she was just as forgettable. Mirror
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 2
The only thing I care about in this whole novel is the character death.
The only character worth liking was brutally murdered by our villains.
Again, I can’t be bothered to care about these bad guys who are hell
bent on saving humanity.
Villain Scale: 1
boys should just stop talking because their dialogue made me internally
cringe and scream. The only character I liked was killed.
Character Scale: 2
this a book you should read? Sure! You may really enjoy The Maze
Runner. I think teenage boys will love the premise of this novel and
it’ll be a hit for them. Girls will probably think this novel is cool
and ship the romance even though they are the exact same characters with
different genders. Me, I liked it enough to see the film. I enjoyed the
film and recommend seeing that for sure. Overall, this book was a
letdown and it’s not anything worth raving over because there is nothing
to rave over. I will not be continuing with this series or the
Plotastic Scale: 2
Thoughts: I have the exclusive Barnes & Noble edition with Dylan
O’Brien. It’s the only reason I haven’t given this book away yet.
Scandal by Navessa Allen
marriage is a lie. It’s one of convenience and not of love. She has a
fire that burns to be explored and spending time with her husband, John,
and his lover, Henry, have started to spurn her into flames. This story
is definitely not the conventional historical romance. It features a
ménage romance story in a very unconventional time to be frisky. This
story is fun, enticing, and sweet. The writing kept me waiting anxiously
for each chapter to be released so I could read more. It’s free on
Wattpad and you’d be silly not to check this boundary pushing historical
romance! I can’t recommend it enough.
Whimsical Writing Scale: 4
Katherine is a very likable heroine and she’s definitely not afraid to push boundaries. Screw society and embrace passion!
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 3.5
main male characters are Henry and John. It’s an interesting love
triangle because this relationship between these two men was already
established. It’s fascinating to see the desire, acceptance, and love in
between these three. Imagine if Twilight had been solved like this?
Swoon Worthy Scale: Henry- 4 John- 3.5
Character Scale: 4
highly recommend checking this out because it’s a lot of fun. It’s a
story that goes against the time and essence of my historical novels and
breaks tropes while keeping the witty sweetness that most HRs have
while being about ten times hotter.
Plotastic Scale: 4
Cover Thoughts: I adore this cover! It’s cute and not as cliché as some HRs.
Have you read any of these novels? What are your thoughts on them? Are you a fan of The Maze Runner? If so let me know! Thoughts on the movie? Let's discuss!:)