Let’s Talk (Spoilers!) | Why I WON’T Be Continuing the Saga Series

I was introduced to the Saga series by my girlfriend at the beginning of last semester, and, like many, I got hooked. Having just finished the most recent one (Volume 9, as of July 2019), I was very hurt. And not just “I’m not interested, and it’s sad hurt” but an actual “I threw the book across the room” hurt.

Needless to say, this review is going to contain major, MAJOR spoilers for the series. So, if you haven’t read them yet and are going to, or haven’t reached Volume 9 yet, please stop here.

Reason #1: I see no definite ending in sight.

Okay, this one is a little vague, but I wanted to keep this one as vague as possible for the viewers who may have seen a peek of the first reason before they closed and don’t want to be spoiled.

But, the simple fact is, we’re already on Volume 9 of a series that started in 2012, and I just don’t really see a definite ending in sight.

While I obviously haven’t been following the series since 2012, I just don’t really see there being an end to this any time soon. And while I love (maybe “loved” is the right word?) series, I just don’t want to pour my time into something that might never end.

Reason #2: There’s just too much time between volumes.

While I really do understand that this type of medium takes a lot of time and effort, it just seems like quite awhile before the reader gets any resolution to even minor plots. This is where I feel Saga is hindered. Each volume is really only around 150 pages, and there’s just really not a lot you can do in that amount space while also maintaining even pacing.

And while this may relate more to reason one, I just feel like every time I read an issue, I’m inching and inching rather than making strides in the story. I feel it is a lot to ask, financially at least, to have people buy a 150 page graphic novel for $14.99 that only gets the reader an inch or two closer to a possible resolution.

And then you might say, “Well, Daniel, what about a library.” And to that I say touché. But while I understand that it is all part of the art form, I’m just realizing that this may not be right for me.

Reason #3: All of my favorite characters are now dead.

Okay. So this is the big one and the final reason while I will not be continuing the series.

This is the reason that I threw the book across the room.

Prepare for major spoilers here.

Like . . . major.

When I say major, I mean MAJOR, major.

This scene right here:

First off, I want to applaud both the artist and illustrator for conveying such emotion from me at a character-death scene. But not only did they kill off my favorite character of the entire series with one of my least favorite characters in the final pages of volume nine, but they also managed to kill off Prince Robot IV, another favorite character.

While, of course it is all possible that some miracle could happen, I really, highly doubt anyone is coming back.

And the characters that we have left, in my opinion (which you could probably trade for no more than a couple rocks and some dirt), are the weakest (character-building wise) and least interesting.

I feel Hazel, the main character, is purely defined by her future voice, which usually opens and closes the volumes, but I feel her present, younger self is really not that interesting.

Alana is fine, but she’s just not likable to me. And let’s not even get started on The Will and possible other characters. I feel all the characters they are trying to make me gain sympathy on are just not to my tastes.

And after they killed off what I considered their most developed and interesting characters, there’s really just nothing left for me.


While these reasons may sound harsh, they are, as most things on here are, my opinion.

I have a high respect for this series. Any series that manages to get me to be as mad as I was that a character died as Saga did deserves some recognition.

I have no hate towards the series, but these are the reasons why I won’t be continuing with Saga any longer.


Tell me what you think of the series! Let’s chat in the comments!

Review | RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman

Amazon | TBD | Goodreads

496 Pages

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. 

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. 

You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.

They don’t. They make a podcast. 

In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?


This is yet another book that has been on my TBR for awhile. I feel like it has one of those titles that is really hard to forget — two words that, when put together, can have so many different meanings behind them.

Either way, it had almost been two years since this had been published, and when I got the chance to read it, I went in not really remembering what it was about. But, let me tell you, I was hooked from the first page.

The first lines: Hello. I hope somebody is listening.

Those first lines set the tone for what is a very serious, very real topic and book.

I loved the characters so much. Aled and Frances are extremely relatable and Oseman did a fantastic job with them. And while the odds of someone having a hit podcast are slim, I felt that this idea was used very well to get points across about what it is to feel truly alone in life.

My only complaint (because you know I have to bitch about something) is the constant use of “Er” as a filler whenever a character either didn’t know what to say or was stalling. But this is minor, of course.

I’m so happy that I finally got around to reading this one. It is definitely going to be one I will remember and recommending for a long time to come. It just all made me feel so warm.

Rating


What’s been your favorite book you’ve recently killed on your TBR this year? Let’s chat in the comments!

Review | THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

Goodreads

355 Pages

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.


I remember the large amount of hype behind this book when it first released, and then the very average ratings it seemed to be getting. I had been interested in it, hearing through the grapevine that it was about a cult, and that seemed very interesting and thrilling to me. But university started and time slipped away and I never got around to it.

The last semester, we just so happened to read a short story by Emma Cline in a class, and it ended up being one of my favorites. When I saw that they had this at my library, I decided to check it out.

First, let me start this off by saying that Cline is a very strong writer. She most definitely has a long career ahead of her, and her prose are extremely impressive. I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes that I highlighted throughout the book:

  • All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you—the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.
  • The feeling of exposure gave me an anxious pleasure that made me stand straighter, holding my head on my neck like an egg in a cup.
  • “Fuck,” I said, then said it louder. I wanted to kick the bicycle, silence something, but that would be too pitiful, the theater of upset performed for no one.

The last one is, perhaps my favorite.

The beginning of this book started off very promising. It was very elusive in the way that it was chilling, a sort of hidden provocativeness behind growing up and figuring out your own skin.

When “the girls” finally entered, it seemed like the book was finally getting to the gritty. And, oh, it got gritty. But, when it got down to it, there never really seemed to be a point to any of it. It wasn’t a coming-of-age. And there was definitely no moral, at least for me. (Unless don’t join a cult is a moral?)

This “cult” didn’t seem to be as scarily portrayed as I seemed promised, and the main character, Evie, soon became this shell to highlight what would end up almost being nothing. Needless to say, the book bored me as it progressed, and when it finally got to the moment that everyone had been waiting for, it really lacked. I can be a fan of slow burns, as The Witch Elm has been one of my absolute favorites this year.

In the end, the writing is strong, I just did not see a single point to this book minus the overuse of the word “pink” and the rape of a fourteen year-old girl, both of which are not good points in the first place.

Rating:


What book has disappointed you the most this year? Let’s chat in the comments!

Review | FLY ON THE WALL by e. lockhart

Goodreads

182 Pages

lol I’m like 90% positive this description is longer than the book ahhhh . . . (you already knowwww what kind of review this is about to be)

At the Manhattan School of Art and Music, where everyone is unique and everyone is ‘different’, Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. It doesn’t help that she’s known as the girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of her favourite superhero, just so she won’t have to talk to anyone. Her best (and only real) friend is there for her, but that’s only if she’s not busy – she’s always busy! 

It’s no surprise that Gretchen isn’t exactly successful in the boy department. Her ex-boyfriend is a cold-fish-sometimes-flirty ex who she can’t stop bumping into. Plus, she has a massive crush on a boy named, Titus but is too scared to make the first move. One minute he seems like a sensitive guy, the next, he’s a completely different person when he’s with his friends. She can’t seem to figure boys out!

Gretchen has one wish: to be a fly on the wall in the boy’s locker room. What are boys really like? What do they talk about?


I haven’t really talked about it much since I started blogging on here, but me and e. have a long history:

We Were Liars came out when I was in high school, and I just remember the huge buzz about it (nonono, not in my school, on the internet — our school YA section consisted of around 20 books because, like, three people read in that school while the rest either played football or pretended to be interested football, anyway . . . all of our school funding went to football because why not). WWL was one of the few books my high school library acquired. So, I was bored. I didn’t want to buy a book that was barely 100 pages and decided to check it out.

Little did I know that WWL would be my absolute, least favorite read of my entire high school career, if not my entire life up to this point. There are a million reasons why I hated it (yes, it takes a lot for me to hate a book, but I sure do hate WWL!), but that’s for another time. Because today, boys and girls, we’re reviewing Fly on the Wall by e. lockhart (all lowercase for maximum edge, of course).

Did I think it would happen? Did I think I’d ever pick up another one of her books? No. But do to the prodding of the amazing Sara, I am here now . . . writing you this rant review. So, enjoy. Or not. I don’t really care at this point, I’m so frustrated with this book.

WARNING: This is going to be ranty and have spoilers. Be advised.

Let’s start off with the positives:

  • It’s short (and not being advertised as a novel, which a lot of these 25pt font, double spaced YA books seem to be doing these days)
  • It ends

Everything else:

So, essentially the plot is of a girl who is the “awkward” one in an “all awkward” school, so you know she is definitely “not like other girls, but even more so” (none of those were direct quotes, but you get my point).

Oh! And did I tell you she likes Spiderman? BeCausE if I DIDn’T aLreadY, I’m sORrY. SHe liKES sPiDErmAn, okay? do NoT foRgET tHaT SHE IS A SPidER-LoVIng gIRL WHo DRawS aNd iS nOT liKe ThE OthER giRLs bEcause SHE liKEs spiDErMAn sO MUcH AnD cAN draW OkaY? (And if you forget just read the book and they’ll remind you every paragraph.)

So, this girl. Wants a boyfriend. Wishes to be a fly in the boys locker room. Becomes fly. Throw in a little divorce, and you’ve got yourself a published story. BOOM. (not a proven method, kids. please DO NOT try at home.)

Yes. That’s it. 66.6repeating% of the book is her watching naked boys in a locker room.

Okay, I can get behind a book making people comfortable with talking about their body and sexuality. I get it, okay? But, of course, to make the audience aware and actually learn we’re going to call all of the body parts by their anatomical names, right? Because surely “penis” isn’t a bad word or a word we should avoid because the main character claims to have seen 110 of them, right?.

No? No? Just me? Okay.

I made a key for you, so when you read this book (please do not) you don’t get confused:

gherkin = penis

booty = butt

biscuits = breasts

Besides the fact of what it’s trying to do (and ultimately, very badly, fails at), it’s essentially

about a stalker girl watching

guys get naked and knowing everyone’s

dick size and personal problems

by the end in order to get enough

confidence to ask her crush

out.

(who is also awkward and not like the other kids).

(Sorry about that part up there being so broken up! I was just taking some inspiration from how 50% of the book is written.)

The end, guys! That’s my review!

Oh wait, the book is also about Title IX and unequal sized locker-rooms in a New York City school, and dealing with divorce, and a mom that randomly goes on vacation and who we never meet again, and Bean Curd something dolls, oh and coming out, and building confidence when you’re skinny, and bullying — all in a matter of 182 pages. But of course I don’t want to try and cram too much in such little space here! So, I’ll end it there.

Rating:

Please don’t read this book

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read? Let’s chat int he comments!

Review | THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

Amazon | TBD| Goodreads

416 Pages

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


It’s needless to say that I’m a little, if not a lot, behind on getting around to this one. All I’ve ever heard about this series was good things, and, since Stiefvater will be at Bookcon this year, I figured I’d finally give it a go.

A few thoughts:

The writing style was very odd. In the beginning, I found myself getting confused at times. A lot of Stiefvater’s modifiers are very out of place then what would be typical, I feel, in the English language, but as you get further and further into to the story, I believe it adds character and highlights the oddity that is surrounded by the raven boys and Blue. So, it works.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this up. There’s always been this sort of mystery behind this series for me, as I always knew everyone raves about it, but I never fully understood what it was about. And when I finished it, I almost felt the same way, but in a good way, I think?

While, in the end, I have a very neutral opinion about this book — that is I didn’t dislike it, yet I’m not raving over it — there is one thing that I just couldn’t get over. I just felt that the whole ending was very sloppy. When I got to the final chapter, one of the shortest in the book, it was just like “okay ‘x’ amount of time later this this and this happened and now we’re here.”

In the end, I enjoyed this book’s peculiarity. I’m exited to try and meet Stiefvater at Bookcon. But I’m not knocking down any doors to read the next one.

Rating:


Have you read The Raven Boys? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer | Review

Amazon | TBD | Goodreads

552 Pages

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


I’ve been a fan of Meyer since the beginning of the Lunar chronicles. In fact, she’s one of the only authors I’ve met in person (I asked her some hard questions that day, but that’s another story). Needless to say, I’m a pretty big fan of her writing. The Lunar chronicles is one of my favorite series and while Heartless wasn’t my absolute favorite, I still really enjoyed it.

I think the reason it took me so long to pick this up is that it seemed like such a stretch to what she had been writing — spins on fairy tales. But, with the stress of finals and this overwhelming fear that I would never find another good book again ever, I decided to pick this one up. And I’m very glad I did.

The opening is enough to grab someone as it is, and while I’ve never really been a huge fan of these “Marvel” type superheroes, I was happy to see that this really wasn’t what was going on at all here.

Nova and Adrian, the main characters, are great, and I really loved the natural tension that was created between them. Meyer has this exceptional talent of really making her characters pop off the page.

If it hadn’t have been that I guessed the main plot twist in the middle of the book, this might have reached the coveted five stars.

In the end, it was fun, kept me reading, and helped alleviate some of the stress of finals.

Rating:


What’s your favorite superhero film or book? Have you read anything by Meyer? Let’s chat in the comments!

TAG | The Liebster Award

School is FINALLY starting to wind down, so now I have little to no excuses to not blog!

Ally nominated me for the Liebster award in February, so THANK YOU AND I’M SO SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG OT GET AROUND TO THIS!! Everyone, please go check out her blog!

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions from Ally

  1. If you could acquire any ability, what would it be?
    • The ability to hoola-hoop! I’ve literally never figured out how, and I’m pretty sure, at this point, it’s witchcraft (the dark kind).
  2. What’s your perfect breakfast?
    • Waffles (preferably chocolate), with two eggs, sunny side up! OR yogurt and toast!
  3. What’s your phone background?
    • My lock screen is my girlfriend and I from Christmas and my home background is me and my cat, Jonas!
  4. Who was your first favourite author?
    • I have several, but if I was forced at gunpoint to pick just one, to keep it fair (since this author is now dead), I’d say J.D. Salinger.
  5. If you could use any spell from Harry Potter, which would it be and why?
    • I have literally never read a HP book in my life . . . sorry (**everyone unfollows)
  6. If you could only name your children (or pets if you don’t want children) after the characters in a book series, which series and names would you choose?
    • Ha! Probably the Thrown of Glass series. I like Dorian, Aelin, and Rowan as names.
  7. What’s something you’ve recently been obsessed with? Gush about it.
    • BAKING! I just LOVE baking, and I try to find a new recipe to make every weekend, though it’s difficult when 1) you’re attempting to eat as healthy as possible 2) you have a college budget and 3) you have little kitchen space
  8. If you could require everyone to read one book, which book would it be?
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  9. Hot or iced coffee?
    • Hot
  10. What was your favourite subject in school?
    • Math from Sophomore year below. English Junior and Senior year.
  11. If you could tell your 15-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
    • STOP TAKING EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS THEY MAY SEEM!!!!!!!!!

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I h a t e bacon.
  2. My preferred egg style is sunny-side up or scrambled.
  3. When I first adopted my cat, Jonas, he had an upper-respiratory infection that was not going away, and the vet scared me thinking he might have feline HIV or leukemia. Lots of money and tests later, it was, in fact, just the sniffles. (pictures of Jonas in little form below)
  4. I used to weigh 355 pounds.
  5. I lost over 150+ pounds.
  6. I used to know someone in high school who was afraid of the number nine.
  7. FACT: Dipping your grilled cheese in ketchup is underrated.
  8. I was drum major of our local marching band my senior year in high school.
  9. I used to have an unhealthy obsession with rollercoasters (still kind of do).
  10. Single origin, light-roast coffee is my preferred bean!
  11. Hammonds, currently, is my favorite chocolate brand . . . (huge shoutout to Sara for this)

My Questions for You

  1. Cake or non-cake donut?
  2. What is you preferred milk type (two percent, whole, almond)?
  3. What’s the last book you check out form the library?
  4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
  5. What’s the last thing you’ve cooked or baked from scratch?
  6. Biscuits or bagels?
  7. baby boi or BIG BOI? (refer to and include one above picture)
  8. If you could have dinner with one author that’s alive, who would it be?
  9. What is your most anticipated release of the year?
  10. What’s been your most disappointing read this year, so far?
  11. What was the last song you listened to?

I understand we’re doing an 11 theme here but I don’t think that’s happening! NOMINATIONS:

Sara / Crystal / Jessica / Sahi / Bibi / Robin


Answer a question from one of “my questions for you” in the comments! Let’s chat!