The Deepest Cut is a cute little ghost story, but unfortunately it seems to be an age appropriate YA book, rather than the sort of YA which an adult cThe Deepest Cut is a cute little ghost story, but unfortunately it seems to be an age appropriate YA book, rather than the sort of YA which an adult can appreciate. Ever since Riley barely survived the car crash which killed her mother, she has been able to see and communicate with ghosts. Naturally, this freaks her a little bit, and she ignores them to the best of her ability.
Looking to start over after the crash, Riley's dad decides to move to a big, old inn in Scotland. Conveniently, dad's job keeps him out of the picture for most of the book, leaving Riley alone for most of the time with her brother Shane and paranormal-believer housekeeper, Miss Akin. This could have been a cool, creepy story except...
We don't get any sense that the setting is Scotland. There are a few token mentions of "lass" and "bloody hell". Otherwise, this story could have taken place pretty much anywhere.
Answers are appropriately found in old spell and witchcraft books. Even internet research helps a little. Really? If that is the case, the paranormal is real and spells really work... wouldn't every kid with a library card be a sorceress? It's a pet peeve of mine when difficult answers are easily found.
The ghosts in this story happen to be corporeal. All the time. Hmmm… not buying it. Part of the sweetness and sadness of ghost stories is that they can feel so many emotions, but there is no physical being to, well, hold on to. When a ghost has a body which can be felt… is it still a ghost?
Riley cuts, but this isn’t a cutting issue book. Rather, it seems to be just thrown in there.
The bitchy girls are fairly one dimensional in their bitchiness.
The Deepest Cut isn’t a bad story. But it lacks a lot of depth, and will likely leave adult readers of YA unsatisfied. It is doubtful I will continue with this series. ...more
Catching Jordan does not do justice to the YA genre, lurve triangles, college football or girls who aspire to play traditional "boy" sports. For a beCatching Jordan does not do justice to the YA genre, lurve triangles, college football or girls who aspire to play traditional "boy" sports. For a better, I mean completely different league better, book about a girl who plays football, pick up Dairy Queen and forget this one.
In Dairy Queen, protagonist DJ Schwenk struggles with the reality of a girl playing a tough, physical boy sport. She deals with different degrees of acceptance. She balances her hopes, dreams and the realities of her situation. Unlike Jordan here.
Let’s see, Jordan is a high school senior, and daughter of a NFL pro. Not only is her dad a NFL hero, but in college he was a two-time Heisman trophy winner. Um...what the fuck with the slap in the face to Archie Griffin??? The man who happens to be the only real life two time Heisman winner, and an alumni of The Ohio State University! (On that note, author Miranda Kenneally clearly has a beef with Ohio State... her players don't care when Ohio State scouts come to the game but get their panties jockstraps in an uproar when scouts from the team up North come to check them out. Whatever :P)
At any rate... Jordan. Her dad is a football hero. Her brother is doing quite well in college ball. And Jordan herself has been her town's star quarterback since she was in grade school. So it is accepted that she is a kick ass football player, despite being a girl. Uh huh. I get it. Really. Girls can do anything boys can do. Except... sometimes they can't. Sorry ladies. But physically girls simply don't measure up. We don't. So while a girl may be able to compete with some guys, in the end guys are bigger, have more muscle mass and therefore more strength. Yet Jordan seems to think that she has a shot at winning a full football scholarship at a Division I-A football school. Do you know how very difficult that is? For talented football playing boys??? Let alone a girl? She says she loves football and wants to play football... which I can believe. But why must she go to the best of the best? To compete in a sport in which girls can't possibly compete? What the fuck is wrong with going to a smaller school? Do you know how many high school kids may be hometown (or even statewide) heroes and have to make the heartbreaking decision between accepting a scholarship to a Division I-A school and probably not getting field time because of the talent and the competition... and accepting a scholarship at a smaller and less prestigious school yet getting lots of playing time because the competition isn't nearly as fierce? When boys, talented boys, are faced with this decision... it is difficult for me to believe that a girl would be recruited by (and play at) a Division I-A school.
Furthermore, the kids in this book casually make statements such as, "He's NFL material" Uh, what? Firstly... going from high school football to college football is such a huge leap. So many high school stars simply fizzle out when it comes to college ball. And the transition from college to NFL is an even greater one. In so many ways, it is an entirely different game.
Anyway..... the "sports" aspect of this book severely disappointed me. Clearly, LOL. As for the lurve aspect... clichéd triangle. Jordan was shallow, the story line was unrealistic. Lurve triangle at its worst. Sorry, but there was nothing redeemable or enjoyable about this story. ...more
As always, this series continues with an amazing string of horrific zombie tales. Megan Hart is an incredible writer. She has the ability to quickly eAs always, this series continues with an amazing string of horrific zombie tales. Megan Hart is an incredible writer. She has the ability to quickly engross me in her narratives and before I know it the story is over. I am a petty fan though, and am giving this latest installment four stars (rather than five) for two reasons:
1) It's too short! I want moooooooore!
2) Will we ever revisit characters from past installments? Will these shorts come together at the end?
Even so.... I love this series and this author. Can't wait for Part Nine!...more