I tend to half-watch wrestling, or any TV that's super-long. Usually, I've got a game on my 3DS going, but last night I decided to switch tactics and just read. I read through the 3 hour special with sporadic bits of watching TV, obviously. By the end of the night, the Summer Slam was over, Daniel Bryan was throned and then dethroned, and I had finished Vampire Academy.
What did I think of it? Well. I actually put the second book, Frostbite, on hold at the library. It was at least that good. It wasn't "all of my friends need to rush out and read this immediately" good, but it was interesting and I actually did not see the plot twist coming - in a lot of YA, they hit you over the head with the plot twists and so you can see them by standing on your front lawn and squinting. Vampire Academy did a good job of making me not know about the central conflict's resolution, but it also made me not care. I was extremely apathetic about the main character the entire way through.
The MC, Rose, is a goddess. Not literally, but she might as well be: she's gorgeous, and she knows it. There's the trope of a character who is gorgeous but doesn't know it - Katniss Everdeen, Tris from Divergent - the trope of the character who is average but inexplicably sexy regardless - Bella Swan, for instance - but then there's this character who is hot, knows it, and hates it. If there is one thing I can't stand, it's an arrogant pretty girl.
Rose is pretty snarky. She's cynical, she's a fighter, she's not gonna take anything lying down like Bella might. But she harps on her own good looks constantly. Boys in her class are always fawning over her, tripping over their own feet to get her to like them, and she just thinks about this in this absurdly boring way. Top that off with the icing on the cake that she isn't too smart. For instance, a friend speaks of primary and secondary sources, and she has no idea what that is, despite being 16 or 17 years old. She only pays attention in one class in school, she just doesn't have need for "book learnin'' because she's pretty.
|I looked it up: this is "movie" Rose.|
Overall? I give it a 3 out of 5. It was incandescently mediocre, a forgettable YA read with some interesting plot twists. It would have a 4 were it not for Rose's sex appeal. Sorry that I'm not sorry, Rose.
As far as Bout of Books 8 goes? Well, here I am in day two! I will be spending the night by myself, and I see some bathtub reading in my future. Next on the agenda is In the Woods, which is lengthy and verbose and I highly doubt it will be finished before Sunday night. If for some reason it is, however, I'll add my third book to the list: Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid, because I've read both the Percy Jackson oeuvre and what's been written of the Heroes of Olympus oeuvre, and all that remains is the Kane Chronicles. (I adore Riordan's writing, and I will say why in another entry!)
So, a TL;DR: Finished my first book already! Didn't totally hate it, on to book two!
My Reading List for Bout of Books 8.0:
2. Finish In the Woods - 3/429 - 0%
3. Begin The Red Pyramid
Day 1: 156
Grand Total: 156