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September 27, 2012

Mini Reviews: Easy by Tammara Webber & Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff


Title: Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary)
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Oh wow, Tammara Webber has gone to the dark side.. and I like it! This novel isn't your typical contemporary, it is SO much more. You might be fooled into thinking it is going to be a semi-light read in the beginning, but oh my when Lucas is introduced, everything becomes darker, more complicated, more serious, emotional, and just deep. Jacqueline's situation could happen to any girl out there and rape is a very serious topic. I remember watching season 3 of Veronica Mars and the serial rapist mystery and how terrified I was for the girls there. I was holding my breath so many times throughout the novel, for fear for Jacqueline and also during the scenes with Lucas. My god, Lucas is just so messed up but so vulnerable at the same time. I think they both needed each other to get through some serious stuff in their lives and I loved how raw and real and brutally honest their relationship was. This author and novel is one and something to look out for. I recommend this to every YA reader. This is why I love contemporary novels! 

Other books by Tammara Webber
Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)

Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus Flower #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult (Steampunk)
Rating: DNF

I am just so disappointed in Stormdancer. This is one of the few books during my one year of blogging that I DNF-d. I always ask myself, whenever I contemplate whether to DNF a book or not if I am enjoying the novel, if I am easily distracted while reading it, if I even understand what is going on, and lastly if I want to find out the ending or how the story progresses and reaches the end. Unfortunately for Stormdancer I just didn't care. The book was SO full of unnecessary details that derailed me from the plot. There are so many new terms and characters that I had to keep on flipping back and forth and try to understand what the hell is going on. Also, I have to stress on this, the detaillllllllls. Why do authors love to complicate things? A person enters the room. Yes describe what they're wearing, what they look like, but don't spend TWO pages giving me descriptions of the surroundings! I was so restless, so fidgety and so easily distracted while reading this novel. I just couldn't enjoy it, and I couldn't even bear to make myself finish. There are multiple books, such as The Unnaturalists and The Diviners, that I made myself go through and finish even though in the end I didn't enjoy them. However Stormdancer, from the first page, couldn't hold my interest. I am so disappointed because this was one of my most anticipated 2012 titles and I actually received a physical ARC of it. Which is why I am giving away my physical ARC for someone else that would appreciate and enjoy this novel. 


  1. most anticipated book of this month- EASY! I can't wait to read Easy. I have heard so many AMAZING things about it, and I just got my paperback copy last week...WOOT WOOT! So yes super excited and I am so glad you enjoyed it! Your review just makes me want to start it right this minute..LOL ;p Lucas....*sigh* (I really wish contemporary guys were real. Don't you?) *wink*

    And OH NO! Stormdancer....WOW...A lot of people actually have been enjoying this one, but honestly speaking I wasn't all that drawn to it. I was not going to read this to begin with. It just isn't my kind of book. And I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN....I hate it when books give you the "every second" detail. It's not necessary and it always leaves me frustrated. So, I understand your "rating". This is still one book, I haven't changed my mind about...but we'll see where things go! :D

    Brilliant reviews! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair 

  2. WOAH @_@ Did not know that Easy delt with so many difficult issues. I guess i really didn't know much about it, but now it sounds just like the dark/edgy contemporary books I love! ^_^

    And I've been hearing a lot of not so great reviews on stormdancer. I was really looking foward to reading it though. And i guess to mush detail does get some people distracted. hmm...idk. It still sounds interesting.

    Love these mini reviews! =D
    -Lisseth (Read-A-holicZ

  3. I read Easy recently, and it really was an incredible, emotional story. I keep trying to get into Stormdancer, but I can't seem to get past the overly descriptive writing :(

    Nice mini-reviews!

  4. Great reviews! Easy sounds great and I'm definitely putting it on my list because I love Contemporary books! That's disappointing about Stormdancer I wasn't sure I would enjoy this one.

  5. I LOVED Easy! So amazing! I wasn't expecting it to be so deep and emotional either. Poor Lucas! Such a horrible thing to go through. I loved the way he was there for Jacqueline. He was so sweet. I don't think Stormdancer will be for me either. Sometimes the popular books are just not for everyone. I recently couldn't get through Throne of Glass even though everyone seemed to love it. It was just boring for me.

  6. I'm sorry Stormdancer didn't work out for you! I know a lot of my friends who were disappointed by it, so I totally see where you're coming from. I am glad though that you enjoyed Easy. I loved it as well and I'm so glad it exceeded your expectations!(: Fantastic mini-reviews - I love these! :D

    Ivy Book Bindings

  7. Oh, no, not another one! If I remember correctly, you & I both did not enjoy The Unnaturalists. I was looking forward to Stormdancer, but now I'm not so sure!!

    I have yet to see a negative review for Easy. It is still on my Wishlist!

    Thanks for sharing your reviews!

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