It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

 Reading Now

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

 The Week Ahead

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

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In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
  • Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, The Art, The Vision by Frank Thompson

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

 Reading Now

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

 The Week Ahead

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

I’ve still not made my peace with Elizabeth Scott. While many compare her writing to that of Sarah Dessen, I’ve yet to see it, and I’m not even particularly enamored of Ms. Dessen’s work. Even so, Scott’s young female protagonists, while meant to embody the indecision, insecurity, and angst of the volatile teen years, fail resonate the way that Dessen’s characters do, for all that I often find Dessen to overwork her characters’ quirks to the point of insincerity. Still, at least Dessen always manages to draw me into the internal struggles of her characters, sometimes to great effect (Just Listen, The Truth About Forever) and other times less thoroughly (This Lullaby, Lock and Key). Scott, on the other hand, reminds me more of young adult writers such as Deb Caletti and Susane Colsanti, whose work continually seems defeated by its own inability to flesh out its characters into believable figures.

Most of The Unwritten Rule comprises of protagonist Sarah’s obsessive deliberation over

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

the melancholia of her status as invisible best friend to the golden girl who has it all, including the guy Sarah has held a flame for for years. I felt as if I were reading the diary of a very immature, very self-conscious middle school student, which was only exacerbated by the complete lack of plot. This is not an exaggeration; Sarah’s hang-ups are the entire focus of the book, as she agonizes over what she perceives as her own traitorous actions toward a best friend who constantly and subtlely puts Sarah down. In all honesty, if Scott was aiming to convey something approximating an actual year in the mind of a young teenage girl, she succeeded. Unfortunately, my own diaries from that era contain more intrigue and depth than Scott’s story. Yet for all my criticisms, I appreciated the fact that Scott did in fact capture the frustration of that period in life and the fact that, often in romance, there isn’t a purely innocent party, but nor is there a clear villain. Sarah’s best friend, Brianna, comes the closest to conveying this message as she is the most three-dimensional character.

While I wouldn’t seek out The Unwritten Rule, and can offer at least a dozen titles to satisfy those hungry for a pure young adult romance, it’s not completely irredeemable. I finished it fairly quickly, unlike Scott’s Bloom, which I didn’t finish at all, or Perfect You, which I had to resist the urge to fling at the wall. I’ve not read any of Scott’s non-romantic work, so perhaps she excels in that genre, but as far as young adult romance goes, I’m not a fan.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

This month’s post is a roundup for the past month’s book influx (it’s been a very good month).

Bought

  • Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
  • Shadow Fall by Erin Kellison
  • Huntress Anthology
  • Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
  • Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
  • Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
  • Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
  • Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
  • Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
  • Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
  • The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
  • Mia Tells It Like It Is (PD I & II) by Meg Cabot
  • Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
Gifted

  • Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks
  • Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine
  • Grave Sins by Jenna Maclaine
  • Bound by Sin by Jenna Maclaine
  • Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • Crimson Wind by Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • Reunion by Meg Cabot
  • The Proposition by Judith Ivory
  • Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
  • A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
  • Simply Love by Mary Balogh

  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  • The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  • Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • River Marked by Patricia Briggs
  • Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
Won