The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

Tag: romance

The Time Traveler’s Wife

4/5 stars

This is my second time reading The Time Traveler’s Wife; my first time reading it was when I was a young woman in the early aughts. A couple of days ago I decided that it was time for a reread, which I don’t normally do these days. (Why read old books when there are so many books I’ve never read before?)

So I picked up this book, a little skeptically- was it just a young woman newly in love who enjoyed this magical realism love story or was it truly a good book? I enjoyed the book again, of course, as told by the 4-star rating, but I can say that I didn’t like it AS MUCH as I did when I was young.

Sometimes I got a little confused on when things happened chronologically and I had to flip back a couple of pages and check (and recheck) the date. Sometimes I was appalled by the language and graphic sex scenes and I, by no means, consider myself a prude. But I still really enjoyed this story, even more than a decade after my first read.

The foreshadowing in this book was very well done, which of course I appreciated more on my second read than I did on my first; it was enough to cause me emotional goosebumps up and down my arms. I loved the art, the punk, the architecture, the clearing, everything. I loved it all. The high highs and the low lows of this love story that transcends time and death is still a beautiful love story.

Every Exquisite Thing

4/5 stars

When I indulge myself in Young Adult fiction, THIS is what I am looking for. Sweet, kind misfit children who struggle with growing up and becoming their own person (kind of like where I have been consistently stuck emotional-development wise since 1999 when I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower ). I like to read about children who get bullied and children dealing with feelings they’ve never felt before. A first relationship; a first loss. I don’t really have enough good things to say about this book and I have a feeling I would really like The Bubblegum Reaper as well if ever given such a magnificent opportunity.

Dots

1/5 stars

Thank you for NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Normally if I don’t like a book so much that I quit reading it I will just privately leave feedback via NetGalley and apologize for wasting their time having not been able to finish it.

However, this book is so awful I feel like I should publicly review it to save people on their previous money and even more precious time. I knew right away when I started reading Dots that I wasn’t enjoying it but I figured hell, it’s a quick read I might as well go ahead and finish reading so I can leave a review on the entire story.

But after 26% I just couldn’t do anymore. This book is poorly written and I don’t just mean the plethora of grammatical errors (this is an ARC after all). The author writes so horribly that I couldn’t even quite figure out what as going on or what the characters were talking about half the time. Speaking of characters, they’re unrealistic and unlikable… or once again, I have no idea what’s going on. Practically every sentence was a sentence fragment.

I hate myself for wasting so much time trying to read this book last night.

This book is listed under women’s fiction on NetGalley but it should be listed under #erotica or #comedy (it’s so bad it’s funny) or maybe even #youngadult because I think it may have been written by a young adult with an inexperienced dirty mind.

Crosstalk

4/5 stars

Thank you to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for free in exchange for my time to review it. I’ve read a few flops that I received from NetGalley but this book was definitely not one of them.

Crosstalk started off a little slow for me but once I got into it I really couldn’t stand to put it down and read it in huge chunks at a time. I felt like I really bonded with the character C.B. right from the start and I wanted nothing but the best for him, which left the ending rather pleasing. He seemed so nerdy and shy but very interesting- yes, I liked him from the start. I also really liked Briddey but her family were absolute nutcases, so overbearing and over the top that I found them unrealistic (granted I know there are probably families out there like this, I’m just thankful I am not part of them). I liked Briddey because she is a strong and independent woman who didn’t need her family to approve of any decisions she made for herself as a grown woman.

I didn’t like the comical bit about no one being able to get the letters “EED” correct and I was glad when the author stopped using that too long running joke. I felt like the time that C.B. and Briddey spent in the library dragged on a bit too long. I was also disappointed that Trent Worth, who I didn’t like from the first time I met him, didn’t seem to get any sort of comeuppance for his huge lowlife dick move that could have caused even more trouble for Briddey than it ended up causing.

Despite those problems, I had with this book I really and truly enjoyed it! I’m glad the romance aspect was more of a secondary part of the storyline, second to EEDs and Unintended Consequences. This book was so light, so fun to read. It had some witty moments that made me smile as well. I definitely enjoyed this book and I not only would I recommend it to someone, I already have!

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