Wednesday, 29 June 2011

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a meme that can be found at Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Jinx by Meg Cabot
Love a Meg Cabot read after a crazy, serious book. 

Recently Finished

Brother Sister by Sean Olin

This book totally messed with my head and I had no idea what to think at the end. The writing was BRILLIANT though. A review will be up soon hopefully. 

Reading Next...

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
Something tells me that this book is going to be sad, but I can't wait to give it a read...

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down.
In the middle of the chaos a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

This was pretty good. I wasn't really sure what to expect since I am more comfortable in the realm of fantasy and not much of a hard-core sci-fi reader and since this has aliens left, right and centre I am pretty sure it can come under the sci-fi section – although not exactly hard-core….

Kitty made the perfect leading lady and reacted just how I would expect a person to (even though a few freak outs on her part wouldn't have gone amiss).Despite having some pretty serious stuff going on there was plenty of comic relief that had me giggling quite happily to myself and Jeff was just adorable from the very beginning. 

And since this is me doing the review let’s not forget the dysfunctional parents shall we. I just could not gel with Katherine’s mother one bit, from the moment she showed up I didn’t like her. Her dad was nice though.

And hairspray kills aliens - who knew? 

I can't wait to read the second in the series and I hope there are loads more - it is a nice break from all the vampire romances that are out there. Let’s have some Aliens!

This was a really fun read with laugh-out-loud moments, romance, twists, turns and good guys gone bad. Can’t ask for much more than that, really can you? 

The Childe by C.A. Kunz

Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager growing up in the small port town of Astoria. Sure, she is taller than average, has a mane of fiery red hair that is impossible to tame, is left handed, and has one eye that is sky blue and one that is amber, but that is where the differences end . . . unless you include the minor detail of her slow metamorphosis into the Childe. 

We all know how difficult high school can be, and for Cat Colvin it is no different. Except for the fact she has the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. 

This first book in this coming of age fantasy series follows Cat's life through the twists and turns toward finding out what and who she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with biting humor, darkness, and yes, a few life lessons as well.

This is another read from an independent author and it was brilliant! I usually stay away from vampire novels because a. they aren’t really my thing (ducks for cover) and b. I’m twisted and totally don’t want to be reading what everyone else is. But this was such a fun read.
Every single character was so quirky and had their own little personality traits that made them great to read and they added so much colour to the book. The friendship and camaraderie between Cat and her group of friends was great and so real. Even down to the little hits and punches that one of the girls was constantly giving the only guy in the group.  

Cat’s parents had a wonderful relationship and I could have quite happily read a whole book just based around them. They are a very physical couple, kissing and laughing with each other, and as there are so many YA books were the focus seems to be parents splitting up I loved this aspect of the book – I would love parents like that.

In some books it seems to me like the characters reaction to things are forced and only there because the author thinks that is how they should act when the character they have built would go about something totally different and that did not happen in this book. All the character remained constant and true to themselves.

Ok, I suppose I had better move onto the story itself guys.

This book is a tease! But it is such a good tease, well…it was for me anyway because I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.  It builds up, dropping hints, ideas and crazy teasers but so darn good!

To some this book may seem a little slow but I LOVED that about it. Everything about it was about building the story and I think that will make reading the next instalment all the more enjoyable and worthwhile.

Some random trivia-
And Cat is a red head! Woohoo, red heads rule (guess what colour hair I have).
My full name Alexandria is in this book!!! Do you guys know that I have only read 2 books that have my name in it?
Cat gets visits from a cat that isn’t hers. ME TOO!! My neighbour’s cat comes for regular visits and hugs.
This is a book that I wish I had the actual book of instead of the e-book. It would have pride of place on my favourite’s shelf.
And the front cover is sooo pretty…

Monday, 27 June 2011

Avalon High - Book or Film



OK, so maybe that’s going  little bit too far but you guys get the general gist of what I am saying.

(actually I am considering changing this blog to shewhoisdifficulttoplease.blogspot ;) what do ya think)

Yoooookaaaaay. I umm…I am sorry but this film totally mushes up, murders and pulverises the book. It does! Completely turns it inside out and on its head. I mean, as a standalone film his would probably be fantastic for those that haven’t read the book. But as I had the book going through my head the WHOLE time I was watching this film it wasn’t quite at the level I had hoped for.

First – Ellie’s dreams. I don’t remember Ellie having dreams?
Second – Will as the Lady of the Lake. Puleeeeze.
Third – some randomer from Ellie’s class as Merlin.
Fourth – since when is a random teacher Mordred.
Fifth – (this isn’t really a plot point) I would totally go for the guy with the attitude problem over the pretty boy Will. Just saying.
Sixth (and worst) – Ellie isn’t even Ellie! I know right! Ellie is ALLIE. Of course she is…

Will was supposed to be Arthur NOT the Lady of the Lake!
A teacher who was a member of ‘The Order of the Bear’ was supposed to be Merlin!
Will’s brother was supposed to be Mordred – yeah, that makes sense!
Name change! Ahhhhh.

I went hyper when I found out about this film (thanks to another book blogger) and I zapped over to YouTube and very nearly did a happy dance around the house at seeing it there. Aaaand then I started it…

Oh dear…

So my vote for this on is the book over the film. 

Between by Cyndi Tefft

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent. 

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates. 

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

I read this a while ago but I have been very lazy about getting the review up but it is getting up now.

So onwards and upwards!

I admit that I bought this because it was a nice cheap kindle read but it turned out to be a great way to spend an evening.

The books dumps you right into the action and before I knew it I was halfway through the book (don’t ya just love that kind of book).

Our hero, unlike most who are emotionally scarred or stunted because of some past occurrences that they have totally blown out of proportion actually has had something horrible happen to him in his past. BUT, unlike all those other heroes, he doesn’t mope around about it. AND he is a sweetheart.

Our heroine was cute and I enjoyed reading about her.

It did seem to meander at points and get a little ‘lost’ but this didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the story as a whole. There were also some religious overtones to the story which I suppose could be expected in  book with this subject matter.

The whole book was nice and fluffy – well, with the occasional super seriousness thrown in too. And I loved the whole idea of a grim reaper (?) type character falling for someone who was dead. Pretty neat idea and  really enjoyable read - complete with  twist. 

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Over 50 Followers Giveaway!

Before I get started I'll give y'all a quick update on the UK Giveaway. The all knowing chose #1 who was Kelsey *waves*. So I hope you enjoy The Pale Assassin once it drops through your letter box! 
Thank you for entering everyone!  


Over 50 followers!!!!!  Oh my goodness, who’d a thunk it! Thank you guys.

So, I was originally planning on doing this giveaway when I hit 50 but that didn’t happen, so this is more like the 70 followers giveaway :-) I know, what kind of blogger am I missing the 50 celebration!

I would like to thank EVERYBODY, I never thought I would reach 20 followers never mind over 50! *happy dance*

So here is the giveaway.

There will be 2 winners picked at random.   

The choices are here – 

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Each winner shall get one book

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Thanks again everyone.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

In her imaginative second novel, an unusual love story, the highly acclaimed author of Elsewhere offers a unique exploration of teenage identity and self-discovery. The heroine, a teen who is forced to re-invent herself and reconstruct her life after she suffers a head injury that leaves her with a four-year memory loss, grapples with many issues teens will find familiar: romance, changing friendships, and a dysfunctional family. But this teen s amnesia gives her the perspective to see herself and others clearly for the very first time. At times funny and always thought provoking, this tale effectively touches upon themes of chance, loss, and choice, in a moving story readers won t soon forget.

Oh dear, oh dear…*shakes head sadly”.

What is it with fathers? Am I just expecting too much of them do you think? Don’t get me wrong, this dad is a sweetheart and he was there for his daughter when she needed him which gives him a gazillion brownie points but the dude was also a bit of a moron. There, I’ve said it – but you were expecting that weren’t you because this is me writing this review.

His daughter can’t remember anything of the last four years and within a few weeks she has to deal with the fact that her parents are divorced, her mother had another family because she was having an affair, she doesn’t live in the house where she grew up anymore and then good-old-dad dumps the bomb shell that he is getting married.

Uhhhh, Moron!

No one seemed to quite understand just how Naomi was feeling as she tried to pick up her life with a gaping hole in her memory, they all seemed a little too keen to push her – especially her idiotic boyfriend. I hate teenage boys. I hated them when I was a teenager and I still don’t like them. The immature ones any way.

Niomi’s reaction to finding out – again (I suppose) – that he mother had left both her dad and her for another man made absolute sense to me. Calling her mother a cheating slut seemed pretty tame to me actually. I would be a little annoyed too I think. One think I really didn’t like was when Naomi and her mother did reconcile and she had a conversation with her mother and her new husband. They spoke of their love story being 20 years in the making or something like that (her mother had an affair with her old high school sweetheart). Now I am sorry, even though this section was only a few paragraphs long it made me fuming mad. She had an affair. Broke her husband’s heart, destroyed her marrage and ended up pregnant by another man (while still married) because of this affair and she has the nerve to talk about love story’s. That made me ANGRY! But that is just a personal feeling rather than anything else.

Naomi’s best friend Will was a sweetie, and made her playlists, one called ‘Songs for a Teenage Amnesiac’. I thought that was cute.

Naomi’s relationship with her boyfriend Ace seemed forced – which it was meant to as she couldn’t remember him, or why she was even in a relationship with him.

And then there was her relationship with James…(not going there)

The whole book had this underlying sadness to it though that did cling to me even after I had finished.

So my final word about this book iiiiiss…it was OK. I am glad I only paid 99p for it because it isn’t the kind of book I would have gone for normally. On the whole it didn’t quite ring true for me…

I suppose the message (whoa, getting deep here aren’t I) that it left me with at that end was that nothing is ever permanent, things change and life goes on. But the people that truly matter and care for you will still be by your side at the end of it all.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Author Interview - Ann Mauren

*Skips along, throwing daisies from a basket with blue birds fluttering around my head and forest animals following behind*

Y'all remember how I was singing and dancing about the Mayne Attraction series by Ann Mauren?

Well, Ann kindly agreed to answer some questions for me.

When you began writing In the Spotlight was it a spontaneous process or did you have to work yourself up to begin writing?

It was quite spontaneous. I had finished reading a certain saga (that shall remain nameless due to its polarizing nature) and thought “I wonder if I could write something that I enjoyed as much as this?”

What message do you want readers to go away with at the end of your book?

If you are young and especially if you are female, develop yourself into the grown-up you want to be long before you pursue romance. Reversing those steps rarely ever works out.

With the YA scene being filled with so much of the paranormal element did you feel some trepidation over how your book would be received?

I’m hoping the change to a real world feel will be refreshing and relatable to YA readers. I like to joke and say that my characters do all their own stunts (without special paranormal powers!)

As it is unfair to ask whether you would chose Grayson or Ash if you were in Ellery's shoes... I'll ask, who would you chose, Mr Darcy or Mr Rochester?

I would choose Fitzwilliam Darcy every day and twice on Sunday! Though both men are revealed to be deeply misunderstood, the uncovering of Mr. Darcy’s character never ceases to satisfy and please me, no matter how many times I read it.

I loved that Ellery was a sleepwalker (I thought it was pretty cute). What made you give her this disorder?

I was a sleepwalker as a girl, so I am familiar with the many humorous variables this behavior can create. Books two and three of the series will bring more of Ellery’s sleepwalking hijinks to light.

If you could walk in any other author’s shoes for a day (past or present), who would it be?

One of my very favorite authors is Bill Bryson who is particularly known for his humorous brand of travel writing. I would have loved to walk in his shoes the day he visited the island of Capri, off the coast Italy.

Why did you opt to go down the self publishing route over the traditional route?

I am ‘do it yourself’ oriented by nature, so it was very much in keeping with my style to pursue this new endeavor in the most accessible, rejection free manner available: self-publishing.

Would you say that the satisfaction of independently publishing your book was worth the extra work that you had to put in?

I am also a perfectionist and a control freak about my work, so yes, though the extra effort was par for the course, I find it very satisfying. And I have a completely new respect for publishing in general and authors in particular.

Did you plan on making Ellery's story span three books or did it just happen?

I originally envisioned just two books, each one written from Ellery’s and Ash’s perspectives. But as I began working my way through the story, it became clear that Gray’s perspective was too important to leave out. So he got his own book in the middle, though I’ve regretted this decision a time or two when I’ve had trouble getting into his mind. He’s complicated.

If you could describe your book in one word what would it be and why?

For ‘Spotlight’ the word is “Misconception”. The main character suffers from chronic misconceptions about her own abilities and value as a person, and the way she is perceived by others. Her security team completely underestimates her capabilities and intentions. Gray miscalculates her reaction to his reappearance in her life.

For the Mayne Attraction series as a whole the word is “Layers.” When you apply Gray’s filter over Ellery’s story, and then rest Ash’s perspective over top of that, what you will get is a rich tale with many layers of emotion, intention and detail. I want it to be fun, even amusing at times, to reread the first two volumes after having completed the third to see how seemingly minor details and dialogue take on new life through the application of these layers.

Anything else you would like to add?

One of the recurring comments in reviews has been the fact that the opening scene in the book’s prologue is seemingly never discussed again. Let me clear the air on this, if I may. The main body of the story is told from Ellery’s perspective, and as she was sleepwalking through that scene, she is unable to give further details of it in her narration, though she does meet up with Artan and Dritan Agoli again at the drug store, and glimpses their cousin Besnik at Kings Island. So in truth, they are not completely dropped or forgotten. And the brothers Agoli will play a major role in books two and three, where full disclosure of who they are and what they want will be made. (Wow, it feels good to get that off my chest!)

If you’d like to check out the world of Mayne Attraction, please stop by and have a look around. Be sure to leave a quick comment somewhere so I know you were there. It makes my day—it really does!
Thanks very much for this opportunity to “blether” about my book!

Thank you very much Ann for your time and for answering my questions! I can't wait to read more of Ellery's story.

Favourite Love Triangle - Mayne Attraction by Anne Mauren

It has been a while since I have done a post on a favourite love triangle and that is just because I have been a little but lazy about it. I have been meaning to put this up since I read the book,
So here we go.
This triangle is the relationship found in the book Mayne Attraction – In the Spotlight by Ann Mauren.

This is really interesting because both of the men involved as so different from each other and yet they have one solid thing in common – they both love Ellery and would do anything for her and in their own ways they are both honourable.

Another thing that makes this triangle brilliant is that there are no super natural elements. Everyone is normal. So our two guys can dislike each other purely for the personal reasons involved and not for any dumb deeply ingrained ‘you’re a werewolf, I’m a pixie/vampire/whatever’. Just pure male jealousy and you can’t go wrong with that.

Ash is so protective and yet unsure of the relationship that he tends to be a bit stiff about things but he loves and respects Ellery and shows this by not allowing their physical displays of affection go to far.

Grayson is the complete opposite of Ash, he is more laid back and sure of himself and more flippant about winding Ellery up. And yet he too has shown that he cares by having given her time to grow up.

So here we have another two men in a triangle who are as different as chalk and cheese and yet are lovely in their own ways.

And why do I love this triangle? Because I have no idea who I want Ellery to choose.

This book was a really fun read and I have read it again in between times.

Who can see the clue to what the next post will be? HINT HINT! :-)  

TGIF - Summer Vacation

TGIF can be found at GReads everty week.

Summer Love: Where is your ideal place to take a summer vacation & get lost in a book?

I would love to have a sun, sea and sand holiday (never had one of them before) and just it by the pool for a whole week READING. It would probably drive me crazy having kids splashing about constantly but I could deal I think. But as it stands we go to the same place every year and I hardly get any reading done - I know right! Torture. Maybe next time we get a nice sunny day I'll grab he sun glasses and have a wee read in the garden...not exactly the tropics but with my head in a book I will hardly know the difference. 

Follow Friday

It is Follow Friday AGAIN! That is slightly scary how quick this week went by...

Anyhoo, Follow Friday is a weekly Blog Hop that can be found over at

Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

My favourite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. You know, for the whole changing power of love and all that jazz. 

My favourite fae series is...nope sorry, I don't think I have one *hangs head in shame*

Happy FRIDAY everyone!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Reasons Why Emoticon...Controlling Boyfriends

The love interest of a story is always a MAJOR sticky point for me and although I may love a book I have on some occasions found myself hating it just because of the guy (this does sort of tie in with the love triangle thing a little).

A guy can be protective all he likes but as soon as he reached the point where he is controlling and manipulative in getting the heroine to do what HE thinks is ‘best’ his rating in my mind hits rock bottom.

I can understand the guy wanting to keep the girl he loves safe and all that jazz but sometimes he goes around it is totally, completely and utterly the wrong way – yes Edward I am talking to YOU!

And what makes me sick to my stomach is that the heroine will just go along with it. And often feels as though it is justified on the boy’s part. WHAT IS WITH THAT!?

In fact these kind of relationships makes me extremely uncomfortable, because I can’t help but classify such a manipulation of someone's actions under psychological abuse. Maybe I am wrong in viewing it this way but it makes me shiver. I can’t help but wonder if this girl is going to be able to make ANY decisions concerning her own life five, ten, fifteen years from now if she stays in this relationship? Or will her will power be battered into nothing by the constant controlling presence of her ‘true love’?

Why change the covers! Why!!!!

This is me just having a good old fashioned moan rather than actually expecting an answer, I know there is marketing strategies and the forces of evil behind cover changes half way through series...

But, my main issue right now is with the changes to The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.

It's awful. The 'old' covers were absolutely stunningly beautiful and now! Well, I'l let you judge for yourself.

Book 1 -
Old Cover                                                                                                        New Cover

Okaaaaay. The horsey is very pretty buy REALLY! What were they thinking. And the wings! As far as I can remember there were NO pegasus in this book. And from this cover on, all the imagination has gone out of the art work.

Old Covers

Just look at them, aren't they SO pretty.

And then we have THESE!

I mean, it's not that they are terribly awful or anything and there is the added bonus that they match in that there is a recurring theme with the covers but, the originals were beautiful and showed scenes from the novels.


I don't know guys. I always shiver when I see new covers.

It is a pet hate of mine, esoecially when you have all the books in the series up to that point on your shelf, looking nice and pretty and matching and then suddenly WHAM new cover design.

What do you think?  

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Luthiel's Song #2 - The War of Mists by Robert Fanney

She chose to die in her sister's place and yet she lived. Luthiel, just 15 years old, made a brave peace with the dreaded Vyrl of the Vale of Mists. Now she must face an army sent to destroy them.
With her companions -- the werewolf Othalas, the dragon Melkion, the sorcerer Mithorden, a Vyrl named Ecthellien, and the elf Vaelros who would love her -- Luthiel races back to the angry faelands to beg forgiveness for monsters.
Who, if any, will survive the journey? For the Vale is surrounded by the webs of Widdershae, and the only other path leads to the Red Moon -- where an ancient evil waits in the flames.
Beyond the Vale, the home she left is not the same. Armies march for vengeance. Powers play their hands in a game of ages. In the sky something evil stirs. Rumors of a dark prophecy. Whispers of a "Blood Witch." And signs foretelling an ancient doom terrible enough to destroy worlds.


From page one we are launched straight into the action and given no time to catch a breath until the last page.

Luthiel continues to be just as strong and as focused as she was during the first novel. And although she has ended up taking on more than she ever thought she would have to – after all she thought she was going to die and now the weight of her people’s survival is resting on her 15 year old shoulders - she faces every obstacle that comes along. (If that doesn’t sound like the ingredients for a great adventure I don’t know what does :)) Her character continues to develop as she grows through every new hurdle that she faces and she even ends up with a certain edge to her that I loved. But, through it all, she still retains a childlike joy of things and that was wonderful. Growing up is not something that happens overnight, although it may seem so at times, and I am glad that this is not the case here. 

Luthiel’s relationship with others continue to grow stronger while others fracture as her powers and ‘destiny’ come to light. Some trust her and some don’t – denouncing her as a witch. Her bond with Othalas continues to be my favourite. I love how the surly ancient wolf has a soft spot for her and although he doesn't say it out right he shows by his actions that he cares for her. 

Nothing is easy in this book and there are no ‘quick fixes’. Things that seem to happen to make things easy more often than not make things harder and I thought this was brilliant and it kept me reading.

And the superb bit! Luthiel has 2 guys interested in her and she isn't sure she wants either of them! Finally. I personally love that. 

There were twists and turns that I did not see coming that made the read all the more worth while.
A wonderful world has been built and I happily lost myself in it for the evening it took me to finish this instalment to Luthiel’s journey. I can’t wait for ‘The Nightmare of Winter’.

Favourite quote – “Each time we ride, I am dancing with you,” she said. “Each draft of air in my face is better than any draught of wine and far more heady."

Reasons Why Emoticon...Fathers

Now, perhaps never having had a father figure has made me a bit harsh and over-expecting of the whole species in general but never mind, there is no changing that now.

But even if that is the case there is no denying that some fathers in books re complete and utter swines! They really are!

They are selfish, unfeeling, callous and just plain idiotic.

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Your daughter was being molested and you yell at her for breaking the creep’s hand. Jee, parental nurturing RIGHT there guys.

Never Say Never by Kelly Mooney
I wanted to hit this man! He was never there for his daughter when she needed him. He forgot her birthday because he was too busy with his girlfriend. And then, when they were both having a nice day together and having some father/daughter bonding time she walks into a restaurant to see the table set for three because he decided to invite the girlfriend along – the girlfriend that the daughter has only met ONCE. The whole book kind-a made me mad but he made me the maddest. He was such a selfish jerk. Argh, just thinking about it makes me angry.
So, there we have another reason why a book may get a Emoticon from me.

Monday, 20 June 2011

In My Mailbox! (5)

I now have an In My Mailbox worth mentioning. Thanks to the 99p book at my local 'The Works'.

In My Mailbox is  weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren

So here we go -

Jinx by Meg Cabot
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Small Dogs Can Save Your Life by Bel Mooney
The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (not 99p but at half price I thought why not)

I have some reading ahead of me as this lot joins the to be read pile!

Can't wait to get stuck into them.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Reasons Why Emoticon...Romantic Triangles

They are pretty hard to avoid in YA lit lately. And there are very few that I can actually tolerate – which is why a blog post gets dedicated to an ill-fated trio whenever I come across one I don’t mind.

So, why don’t I like them.

Well…most of the time the heroines involved strike me as being a bit up a drip and in my mind one guys fawning over her would be fine but two is just crazy. If I don’t even get one guy, it defies all logic (as far as I am concerned) that a girl with the personality of a brick gets two.

It seems to be the norm for the guy (in YA paranormal lit anyway)to go completely off his head at the girl because of –
a)her views
b) her feelings towards a certain subject
c) her friendship with the romantic rival
d) because she ends up being the ‘whatever’ that he hates

I’m sorry but if ANY guy treated me in ANY of those ways I would be telling him where to go.

And most of the time it is the so called ‘good’ guy who is acting like that, and she still thinks that he s everything and STAYS with him although he is a complete and utter jerk.

Can someone explain this to me please.

Anyway, those are my reason. As soon as a love triangle becomes visible I cringe and then I either spend the whole book screaming at the heroine to stop being so selfish and out one of the guys out of their misery already or dump the goodie two shoes idiot already, he has yelled at you or given you the cold shoulder WAY to many times.

Or very, very, very, *breath* very rarely I actually sympathise with the heroine.

So, there is 1 of my reasons for why a pretty good book may get a Emoticon from me.