Friday, October 2, 2015

Mini Reviews: One You Can't Forget, Araby, The Veldt

One You Can't Forget by Lexy Timms

Book one in Hades' Spawn series

3 stars

Emily comes from a good Catholic family, but years ago she embraces the wild side and fell in love with a biker. Ten years later, she ends up getting arrested and Luke "Spade" ends up contacting her. I love biker stories and biker fanfictions. Some of my favorite Bethyl fanfictions are the ones with Daryl as a biker and this read a lot like a fanfiction. Sadly this didn't give me nearly the amount of feels as fanfics do. I really enjoyed the concept and bikers are just all around awesome, but this was pretty lackluster.

She loved these men who claimed the road without caution on thrumming beasts that were a heart beat away from danger.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 3

The main female character, Emily, is a bit of an immature wuss. She has no backbone and while she may be an adult she doesn't act like one. She was really frustrating because her emotions were so wishy-washy.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 2

The main male character is Luke and he was a hottie. The problem is he doesn't feel fleshed out enough. He is definitely the stronger character in this novel, but he needed more fleshing out to really make me swoon.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 3.5

The Villain- I'm pretty sure I know who the series villain is going to be, but there are a lot of characters who pop up and could be problematic to the couple.

Villain Scale: 1

The characters are not very fleshed out. They don't have friends or seem to have connections outside of the main couple. It makes the story slightly unappealing. There isn't enough for me to love. While I'm entertained, I'm not making connections to characters or feel anything while reading.

Character Scale: 2

There also isn't enough chemistry between Luke and Emily. It doesn't seep off the pages. I'm told they have chemistry, not shown it. Also the book cut off right at the good part and I don't approve of this. I personally think that these three shorts could've been combined. I feel unfulfilled and disappointed. I wanted more.

Plotastic Scale: 3.25

Cover Thoughts: I'm a fan of the tattoos and the chest. Yes please.

Note: This book is free on Amazon! Check it out here. 

20344750Araby by James Joyce
4 stars

This short story follows a young Irish boy going through his first infatuation. This is a beautiful written story that spoke to me deeply. I personally took away that life will cause you to face hardships, but your hardships mean nothing because in the big World you are just a nameless boy or girl in the vastness of the world. I really enjoyed this one. I'm definitely going to be looking into other works by Joyce, particularly his short stories.

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
5 stars

This short story follows a family who live in the perfect house. This house takes care of the family in every way. Whatever they desire or need done is done for them. Anything from brushing their teeth to cooking dinner. The most peculiar thing about this HappyLife Home is the nursery. This nursey has suddenly become an African veldt with lions who seem all too real. The Hadleys are worried that their children have become too obsessed with Africa, but what they are more obsessed with is more shocking. I love this story! It's fantastic- written brilliantly and the themes of technology, parenting, nurturing, and comfort are all very well thought out. I'm definitely going to be rereading Fahrenheit 451 and checking out more of Bradbury's works.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite short stories? Let me know in the comments I would love the check them out!

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