Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to MeetMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are a few emerald gems in this collection (sorry, but diamonds = meh), but there are also some major bombs that are barely readable. Overall, that makes this collection disappointing. If you want YA short Stories, grab Let it Snow, My True Love Gave to Me, or Geektastic, which are all superior to this collection.

There are a few stories that I really love in here, but the fact that some of the stories are written in 2nd, not because they need to be but for the whole gimmick effect, is infuriating. The stories in 2nd are all pretty poorly written, and it’s very jolting and disruptive to the reader. It’s hard to pull off 2nd in the first place, so when someone writes in 2nd for the purpose of variety or a gimmick, instead of that being what the story truly demands, it’s really unpleasant. After a while, I could barely stomach it anymore, and it almost made me quit the whole anthology. This is the point where I should say that I have read things in 2nd before that I have enjoyed, in case you think I’m just an outright 2nd person hater. I confess, I don’t tend to love it, but I think that’s because people who choose to write in it rarely do so for the correct reasons and/or don’t do it well.

It’s also a bit frustrating, because each story is predicated on the concept of how potential new couple meets, which sounds adorable and fantastic. I was so excited, because I love meet cutes, but you don’t get that in every story. Some of the stories aren’t even remotely “meet cute” worthy, in my opinion. So sometimes this is sweet/ charming/ funny/ fun. Other times, the story ends right where you kind of wish it would begin, and you feel like you wasted all that time waiting to get to the interesting stuff and then were cut short. I guess it’s a concept that is a challenge for writers, because there’s an excellent list of authors tied to this project, authors I typically love, yet I’m still frustrated and disappointed by this one, overall. When meet cutes aren’t handled well, then the reader is left with a constant feeling of dissatisfaction, and what was supposed to be charming or adorable or quirky starts to become irritating.

However, if you are really intrigued by gimmicks, enough to overlook the need for strong storytelling, you might find something of interest here. There’s definitely a ton of diversity, which I appreciate. And I confess I loved a few of the stories so much that I desperately wished the author would go back and write a full story for those characters. Unfortunately, the imbalance was too great between the number of stories I loved vs. the number I just tolerated, which means I don’t recommend this one…or I recommend it with the suggestion that you just skip the stories that aren’t cutting it. You’ll be able to tell right away, with most of them. When you get that terrible pit in your stomach, right at the start, and nothing seems to be going well with the storytelling, just skip ahead. You won’t be missing anything, because the duds were obvious from the start and never got better.

Also, the cover is hideous, which should have probably been a warning sign, but I was hoping it was going to blow me away anyway.

Book 49 read in 2018

Pages: 320

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)Renegades by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

A book about superheros and villains, you say?

 

This was so much fun!

 


Until it wasn’t.



And it was full of brave and powerful heroes and villains…

…assuming you can figure out which are which.


And the ending:

 


This was another incredible book by Marissa Meyer, assuming you like to feel like this while reading:

 


Here’s how long you’ll be willing to wait for book two:


Book 46 in 2018

Pages: 556

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

NimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This graphic novel is clever and amusing. It’s also subversive and flips your expectations for a typical comic book hero/villain. That gives it a more modern feel and cuts away at some of the old stereotypes, which I love.

I also love the artwork, and this is a quick, exciting read.

Highly recommended.

Book 37 in 2018

Pages: 272

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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and ScientologyTroublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I bought this book on a whim, knowing little about Scientology but wondering how such an extremist religion draws in such high profile people, who live such public lives, due to their careers. My typical impression of cults is that they keep people away from the rest of society, and it’s the lack of education and level of ignorance about life and the world that helps keep people down.

Remini’s perspective was absolutely fascinating, and she has a unique voice. She does a good job of explaining more about how the church functions (which was absolutely horrifying–I am still shocked), but she also talks about how she came to be a member in the first place, as well as the principles and reasons she stayed for so long.

I feel strangely proud of the fact that she stood up for herself, broke from the church, and is now speaking up. I confess that even though I’ve seen glimpses of the show that made her most famous, I never really watched it, so I picked this up due to an interest in cults, as opposed to already having an interest in Remini as an actress.

Book 41 read in 2018

Pages 256

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