Basic plot: Little Miss Liberty finds her way to New York Harbor.
I really was bothered by this book and I'm struggling to define the whole of it withoBasic plot: Little Miss Liberty finds her way to New York Harbor.
I really was bothered by this book and I'm struggling to define the whole of it without simply sounding bitchy. The book was a Nook freebie I found, so I downloaded it for my son.
For the uninformed, this is not a history of how the Statue of Liberty was designed and then brought to the USA, it is fiction. I think it is attempting to create a myth around Lady Liberty, but in my mind failed to miss the point.
You see, if you're going to personify Lady Liberty, everything in the book then MUST become a metaphor or the whole thing falls flat. She IS a metaphor, a symbol, and you can't change that. You can't just have a little green girl walk into a hat shop, fall in love with a "silly" hat, and that's how she got her crown. NO. Just... NO.
The best tall tales and legends are metaphors at heart. They explain landmarks and the way things work. They tell us what is at the heart of things. This story? Only an attempt at cutesy.
To add insult to injury, the book is dedicated to the people of the armed services, yet never mentions the idea of freedom in the book or what the military does. The book is clearly pandering to people's sense of national pride, and it fails to grasp what makes us proud of this nation. Bad form....more
Basic Plot: The Covenant has come to New York and Verity Price must now save the cryptids of the city, keep her own identity a secret, and figure outBasic Plot: The Covenant has come to New York and Verity Price must now save the cryptids of the city, keep her own identity a secret, and figure out whose side Dominic DeLuca is really on.
I want to start out by stating that the Aislin mice may be my favorite thing in this entire series. If McGuire does any of these InCryptid books without the mice, I may never read them again. They never fail to cause me to crack a smile while reading.
Many of my biggest issues with the first book were not present in this one. The romance with DeLuca was largely backburnered due to Verity being unsure where his loyalties would end up lying. This brought a conflict to their sort-of romance, which made that whole plot a bit more interesting, but it still wasn't written in a way that invested me in the romance. I'm still pretty convinced McGuire's love-scene writing is subpar, but as long as she sticks more to the urban fantasy genre than the paranormal romance, I'll have no problem continuing to read these books.
I like Verity as a character and the voice she is written with. A lot of the side characters (Istas cracks me up) are a lot of fun as is the general concept of the Price family and their world. I think a lot of ground can be covered with this series. The next 2 books are supposed to be about Verity's brother Alex, so I'm looking forward to getting to meet some more of the family.
Basic plot: Something is causing cryptids in New York City to go missing, and Verity Price is the only human who is willing and able to help.
I can't tBasic plot: Something is causing cryptids in New York City to go missing, and Verity Price is the only human who is willing and able to help.
I can't think of any time when I've ever gone outside the standard numbering system before, but I would actually rate this book around a 3.5. It was a lot of fun- particularly the "quotes" from various family members at the beginning of each chapter- but there were also some glaring problems that sometimes took me out of the narrative.
First, the ballroom dancing thing. Verity is supposed to be a semi-professional ballroom dancer. Ok, I can accept that professional dancing requires major physical dedication and training and that some of the skills and control could translate to fighting. However, she mentioned rehearsing once, maybe twice in the whole book. One does not do competitive ballroom dancing, or call it their passion, without practice or thoughts of actual dance steps constantly running through one's head. Not just snarky commentary about how difficult it is to hide a gun under a tango costume. This significantly dropped the verisimilitude of the book in my eyes.
Second, De Luca. Verity's whole family is in hiding from the group De Luca is a part of, to the point where the Covenant thinks the Price clan is dead. She actually tells him who she is on first meeting him, with no knowledge of whether or not he's trustworthy. I don't care how impulsive a character is, Verity is not supposed to be stupid. She also cares deeply about her family. This suicidal divulgence of information was WAY out of character and utterly unbelievable. Also, there was really no warning that there would be a romantic involvement between these two other than the fact that they are opposite in gender, thus they clearly must jump each others' bones before the end of the book, right? There were a couple of passing thoughts about De Luca being kind of cute, then suddenly there was an obvious sex scene setup, which predictably led to sex. These elements actually pissed me off to the point where I seriously contemplated a two-star rating for this book for awhile.
Luckily, though, this book was more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. While Verity and De Luca did have a thing, it was nowhere near the focus of the book, just a side plot. The different species of supernatural beings and how they fit into an otherwise "normal" world were interesting. I particularly liked the gorgon trying to hide her snakes in a wig. Overall, the book was fun, though, and clearly not trying to be terribly serious. It knew what it was and wasn't, and stuck to its parameters. It's a "first in series" book, so it gets one free "get out of bullshit free" card from me. I'd like to read at least one more in the series before I pass full judgement, though. I'll try another, but the quality of that one will determine whether or not I ever read more.
Addendum: I almost didn't pick this book up because of the absolutely AWFUL cover art. Seriously. Terrible. While after reading it, it does make sense (there is a specific moment in the book referenced by the cover), it does NOT give an appropriate impression of what the book is about. I first found book 3 at the library (Half-Past Ragnarok) and liked its cover, but upon reading it, discovered that was not the first book, and I'd have to read the others before picking it up....more
Basic plot: Walrus goes on an adventure in the city while the zookeeper tries to find him.
This was pretty darned adorable. Walrus puts on hats and "blBasic plot: Walrus goes on an adventure in the city while the zookeeper tries to find him.
This was pretty darned adorable. Walrus puts on hats and "blends in" with the locals as the hapless zookeeper tries to catch him. He's pretty obvious, so this is a good way to get very small children to start interacting with books by pointing to pictures and getting them to describe what they see. Guaranteed to cause giggles in little ones! There is no text, so the story is told solely in pictures, making it even more perfect for the little ones. ...more
Basic Plot: Curious George sees a real car wash and decides to make one for his toy cars.
While I generally feel pretty "meh" about most of these TV seBasic Plot: Curious George sees a real car wash and decides to make one for his toy cars.
While I generally feel pretty "meh" about most of these TV series adaptations of books, this one managed to get the best parts of the episode into book form, so it deserves some kudos. One of the things I like best about George is his creative problem solving. That kind of critical thinking is messy, sometimes baffling to adults, and ENTIRELY what kids need to see. They need to think outside of the box, use household items in unexpected ways, and learn to look at the world through the eyes of someone who wants to be able to get things done, not wait for others to tell them what to do. The book went through (albeit briefly) the process George did in making use of common household items to create his car wash.
This one made me happy. Here's to hoping the little guy will learn some problem solving life skills....more