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Sparkles and Lightning

Hello all! I'm Annabelle, a (currently inactive but soon to be back) book blogger with a thing for red roses and rain and fictional boys.

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The Hobbit or There and Back Again
J.R.R. Tolkien
Civilization and Its Discontents (The Standard Edition) (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud)
Sigmund Freud, James Strachey, Peter Gay
The Problems of Philosophy
Bertrand Russell
Dark Triumph
Robin LaFevers
Dark Matter Heart
Nathan Wrann
Temptation (Harlequin Teen)
Karen Ann Hopkins
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
Nevermore - James Patterson ***FINAL RATING: 3.35 STARS***CATCHALLWas this book perfect? Not by a long shot. But did I absolutely love it? Yes. It had a ton of problems—don't get me wrong—but my overall satisfaction with the book was high. I do wish that some parts had been done differently, and that some of the problems had come to better solutions. But despite this book's problems, yes, I did love it. It was a fun and quick read in between some of the heavier stuff I've shouldered lately.THE HEROINE MAXSo, Max. The first time I read about Max. She was awesome. The freaking epitome of badassery. And as the series progressed—she didn't necessarily get that much worse, but there was some sort of decay. In this book I felt like she was a bit on the whiny side and didn't really focus on the big picture, but more on the little things. Even so, I don't think I could ever hate Max. By the very end of this book anyway, she seems to grow into herself.THE LOVE INTERESTSFANGI love Fang. I always have. Because he's so strong, and yet also vulnerable. And I think that's the way a lot of people are, to be honest. And even though he's more of the strong and silent type, he also isn't afraid to express his feelings when he needs to. He can be incredibly, extremely sweet, and I love that. Furthermore, even if his head isn't always in the right place his heart is. Fang is easily my favorite character in these books. Easily.DYLANI don't like Dylan. To begin with, he's very—bipolar. Extremely so. He'll seem to be sweet one moment but rampaging angrily the next. No one who isn't bipolar does that. I basically can't stand him and am glad I don't have to breathe the same air as him. I dislike him that much, yes.THE OTHER IMPORTANT PERSONDirectly translatable to "I was too lazy to think of a good header"ANGELAngel is definitely an important character. She's the one who can see the future, and that becomes important in the way this story unfolds. However, something really weird is revealed about her that doesn't make any sense and it just—no. I didn't like it at all—it seemed like a weak attempt to close a plot hole while it actually just created more. So, nice going.THE PLOTLe plot.Okay, so I'm not sure where to start. To begin with, I guess, there is an insane number of plot holes. EVERYWHERE. That was probably the most annoying thing about this book and the series in general. I was constantly irritated because things were just left hanging, not tying themselves up. I'm not necessarily a fan of super-clean endings, but messy ones are even worse. Ick.Now that we've gotten my whining aside…Essentially, the plot in this book isn't much different from the plot of the entirety of the series. Sure, there are subplots galore. But they're not the focus, and more often than not they end up just kind of fizzling out to nothing.One thing I will say about these books—a positive thing—is that they're incredibly quick reads and very, very fast-paced. It's easy to sit down with this book, finish it in that one sitting, and then looking up amazed at how much time has gone by. I love when a book is like that—when I can be drawn completely into its world.Moving on from that, though, another thing I want to say is that I did genuinely and completely enjoy reading this book. The plot was fun, and kept me interested. There was a sense of urgency to it that made it even more fun, and a suspenseful quality that hadn't really been there before.I loved it!THE ROMANCEI really hated the love triangle that developed in these past few books, and I'm glad that it came to a solution before the book had ended and that that aspect was not left open to interpretation in a bad way. And honestly, somehow it was done well. It actually made actual sense. I'm sounding repetitive, but after the plot holes and whatnot it was really something different to see the execution here.THE WRITINGAh. Yes. The writing. It's not horrid. It's unique. Max has a very distinctive and unique voice that is easy to pick up on. That part is really cool, actually. The weird part is when she says all these things that seem thrown in and random. I actually prefer James' third person writing. I'm not really sure why—I just know that I do. For some reason, it was much more enjoyable.THE ENDINGSo, the ending. It really left a lot of plot holes open, which I am just not cool with. It was intensely frustrating and annoying at once. Even so, there was a romantic quality to it that I liked and it was sweet. It was also surprisingly happy, and although there's a lot we don't know and a lot of loose strings hanging everywhere, overall I felt pretty satisfied with it.WRAPUPSo yes, I loved this book! Though honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about recommending the series, since it has some serious problems that are un-over-look-able. And I just—can't. I probably won't be reading James' other books either, including his newest YA series, just because I feel like they get dragged out for an unnecessary amount of time. Still, never say never. It could happen.FINE.Find more of my reviews on Sparkles and Lightning!--WTF?!? 20-freaking-12?!? Are you freaking kidding me?!?And February?!? Really?!? It's not enough to make me wait until next year, I have to wait a whole extra freaking month?!?(And...the date of release got moved to August. Sigh ): )Okay, that aside, Fang and Max must get back together. They belong together. Period. Elsewise I will be mad and probably never read a James Patterson book again.I love Fang. :) He's so strong but so sweet and also just so damn hot.Hello, I just love the cover :)FANG + MAX FOREVER