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Renee (Sunfire #30)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Number 30 in the currently out of print Sunfire series by Scholastic books. Set in 1888, Renee faces a deadly blizzard.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 20th 1989 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1989)
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Vivian Schurfranz is usually more adept at the historical details (while having the same dull romance dynamics repeated in nearly every book), but her skill here at wielding the facts is heavy-handed and clunky. There are a few instances where the reader is pulled out of the story to be informed of something (like the number of blizzard deaths) that Renee could not know. It becomes informative, but not really a good story. The sudden & brutal arrival of a natural disaster was done well in Sh ...more
(See my review of Amanda for my general series review.)

I'm finding the shorter-format Sunfires to be extremely hit-or-miss, the hits consisting more of anyone who isn't Vivian Schurfranz, and the misses unfortunately including Renee.

Has anyone else noticed that as this series progressed, more and more information was included in the back cover blurbs until they just started giving away the entire plot? But just in case you didn't read the back cover blurb and learn everything that would ever ha
Aug 09, 2007 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: his fic/romance
Shelves: tweens_and_teens
This Sunfire romance is so much better than Jennie, the other I reviewed. It still had the elements of women's roles in the 1800's, but the issue of gender roles was addressed the book. This was set in NYC, which was fun, and dealt with a girl who wanted to be a reporter...and got her chance during the Blizzard of 1888. The details of the storm weren't as vivid as those of the flood in the other novel, but overall this one was better and makes me feel better about my childhood memories of the se ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
2011 is turning into the year of re-reading all the books I loved when I was about 11-13. This one was part of a series of "young adult" historical romances my sister and I absolutely devoured as kids. It not going to win any literary prizes, but it's fun. The description of the blizzard is pretty vivid as well.
Renee is the next book in my reading /reading of the Sunfire series. It had some interesting parts to it, but the author is so awkward at time. When and how she delves out info is not timed well and it takes away from the story.
I read this when I was in middle school and loved it. But it's probably quite juvenile.
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