In a few words, Prada and Prejudice is Jane Austen meets the Wizard of Oz. I had some expectations for this book : Austen fiction, cute romances and tiIn a few words, Prada and Prejudice is Jane Austen meets the Wizard of Oz. I had some expectations for this book : Austen fiction, cute romances and time travel being themes I usually really enjoy, I was hoping I could enjoy this book – and I did! It was a light and charming romance that went by quickly, with many cute and funny moments and entertaining characters.
One of the book’s strenght was Callie, the main character. I loved that she wasn’t a Austen fan – or a litterature or history buff, for that matter. Her strengths being maths and science, she is totally unprepared to the world she lands in. She has no clue as to what is supposed to be happening in 1815, making her clumsyness even more apparent – and funnier for us to read! But this also means that you don’t need to be a Austen fan either to enjoy this book. The writing is nice, too: it flows lightly with natural and simplicity, and it was easy for me to relate to Callie’s voice.
One thing to keep in mind though, is that you need to suspend your disbelief when you jump into the story. While it is made clear that Callie’s travel is a learning experience for herself, there is no explanation as to why and how Callie goes from present to past, and back. She has no say in it; it just happens. If you can suspend your disbelief though, you’re in for a great travel! Prada and Prejudice is a quick and entertaining read, perfect for a day under the sun. I enjoyed it and would certainly read a sequel – even though there isn’t one planned… yet?...more
After hearing and reading so many great things about The Forest of Hands and Teeth, you know I just had to read it. Plus ; Zombies! How could I resistAfter hearing and reading so many great things about The Forest of Hands and Teeth, you know I just had to read it. Plus ; Zombies! How could I resist those adorable, rotting brain-eaters?
I loved this book. I went through it fast, but it stayed on my mind for a few days after. I thought of the characters and their choices, the setting, the action, what could have happened IF, etc. It had plenty to keep my mind busy. I’ll be honest, that my strong rating for this book is mostly based on my undying love for zombies and post-apocalyptical settings. I loved the slow narration, which insisted more on the setting and history of Mary’s village than on the zombies gruesome details. Of course, there were a few of those, but they were few and far between, even if their existence is a constant presence.
If there was one aspect of the book that kept me from loving this story completely, it would have to be Mary, the narrator. Her quest to “see the sea”, prompted by her mother’s tales about the “ocean”, is first poetic and inspiring. On the long run though, it got a little annoying for me; she was so desperatly obsessed with her quest that she didn’t seem to care much about her friends survival. I have very little patience for self-pity, and so Mary was, at times, a little irritating. Still, I loved the book! I had a hard time putting it down. I felt like it never stopped and the pages went by fast – too fast. It was intriguing, mysterious, and frankly, a little scary! Putting aside Mary’s ocean obsession, I thought she was an excellent narrator, reliable and intelligent, and lucky to be surrounded by a good cast of strong characters, too.
When I turned the last page, I was left with many questions about the Sisterhood and a few other things I will keep quiet about for now (no spoilers for you!) But fortunately, there is a second book to be published in March 2010! I want it now! ...more
(July 2009 review): After hearing so much praise about The Hunger Games and its upcoming sequel, Catching Fire, I was worried it wouldn’t meet my expec(July 2009 review): After hearing so much praise about The Hunger Games and its upcoming sequel, Catching Fire, I was worried it wouldn’t meet my expectations. Popular reads seem to be hit or miss with me, and I usually end up loving them or loathing them. The good news is, The Hunger Games definitely fell in the first category!
Of course, for some of you The Hunger Games’ idea might not sound like something new. You might first think of Shirley Jackson’s Lottery. More recently, in 1999, the Japanese Battle Royale offered a similar plot (but in a more violent and bloody way). To my knowledge though, it’s the first time such a dangerous game is written for a young adult public, and while the violence might be a little tone down, the action certainly isn’t.
I found Katniss to be a wonderful heroine. She had a strong personality, and while at times she doubted herself, she was, mainly, very confident and resourceful. She is joined by a wonderful group of characters, the most important being Peeta Mellark. With him, Katniss shares more than a past life in District 12, and the way their story is used to the Games’ profit isn’t unlike what we see nowadays in popular reality shows.
One of Collins’ strengths is her description of action and scenes; reading The Hunger Games felt a lot like watching a suspenful movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Without detailing too much of Katniss’ actions, Collins described just enough to bring the scenes to life, as if I was there with her – now, that’s a scary thought!
Another great aspect of this book is that it would be a great book to discuss. I think it gives an interesting view on society, and its thirst for blood. I know some people don’t believe that we could go this far, but I have my reasonable doubts, and I loved how the book touched this question with a dystopian reality that was so captivating to follow.
There were a few things I didn’t like much; the romance sometimes felt too important, and Katniss’ attitude towards it seemed either naive or simply self-serving at times. In the end though, the entertainment factor was so intense that I had to give this book a 5/5. I have the feeling that some of these problems might have been there to create some suspense for the next book, as where some of the questions that were left unanswered. The Hunger Games was a fantastic read, and I have no doubt it will be in my top 10 of the year!...more
Raise your hand if you read this and immediately thought of the popular Hey there Delilah! I know I sure did! While the premises of the book sound moreRaise your hand if you read this and immediately thought of the popular Hey there Delilah! I know I sure did! While the premises of the book sound more like a predictable romantic comedy straight out of an Hollywood movie, Robin Benway actually makes a great job of making it believable and realistic enough. Audrey and her friends have great personnalities, different from one another, not perfect but still likeable. I was surprised by how quick the pages turned and by how many things were happening in such a short time.
Another great thing was the constant presence of music. Audrey lives for it, and you get a feel of it through the whole book – it’s almost as if the music was a character of the story, helping her through the storm or celebrating with her in the most joyful moments. Obviously, I haven’t been a teen for a few years, but I felt it was something I could have related to as a teen. Therefore, I wouldn’t mind recommending it to a girl about Audrey’s age. There’s a little cussing, yes, and a little talk about sex, too. But it doesn’t take over the story, nor does it make Audrey a rebellious teen or a bad exemple. She’s just, as she’ll tell you herself, a normal teen wanting a normal life....more
I wasn’t sure what was waiting for me in Two Way Street, but it turned out to be a very good surprise!
One of the interesting things in this book is thI wasn’t sure what was waiting for me in Two Way Street, but it turned out to be a very good surprise!
One of the interesting things in this book is that it really does bring you on both sides of the breakeup. The chapters alternate between Courtney and Jordan, but also between the present and the past. This is a dangerous device : both are written in a first person voice, and every time I read a book like this, I wonder : can the author really pull this off? Make me believe these are really two different voices, two different characters? The answer is, yes! Surprisingly well, in fact! I thought that Barnholdt captured really well the mind of an 18 years old, both female or male. I had no problem telling the two voices apart and they were both believable. The relationship between the two is believable, too, both in present and past, and this really made the story work.
As for the story itself, I enjoyed it too. You learn about Jordan’s secret soon enough, so it’s not a book with a “huge mystery that you guess on page 1 but are only told on page 280″. There’s no false suspense : from the start you have a pretty good idea of what happened, but it’s still interesting to go back and forth in time to discover how it did. Two Way Street certainly was a fun ride! It was light, quick to read, and what I would certainly recommend as a fun summer read. If you’re traveling this summer, why not read it on the road?...more
I read this book about three weeks ago when we were still on our vacation, sitting around the pool and sipping my drink in a coconut (I do miss that aI read this book about three weeks ago when we were still on our vacation, sitting around the pool and sipping my drink in a coconut (I do miss that a lot!) An Abundance of Katherines was such a great surprise that I read it in one sitting. I was completely hooked to the story and the characters!
Some guys like blonds; others like blue eyes; Colin likes Katherines. His type is linked to the name rather than physical appearance, and why not? It’s an original idea, one that gives you a good glimpse at the author’s sense of humor. His character, Colin, was refreshing to me; how great is it to have a male lead instead of a female one in a novel that has a lot to do with love? And Green does it well enough; the story is just a good mix of fun, realism, and extraordinary adventure.
The characters made the story exciting; they were original and detailed, in such a way that I immediately imagined this book being turned into a movie. They had strengths and weaknesses, and the friendship between the two guys was absolutely believable – maybe because in some way, it reminded me so much of the friendship some of my guy-friends had at that age. This is one book I wouldn’t be afraid to recommend not only to girls, but also to some guys! I read certain passages to the Man and he laughed, so that’s a good sign!
This may not be a life-changing book, but it is certainly a fun, quick read, perfect as a beach read! And Green’s writing is on point on so many occasions, I could easily feel Colin’s misery or happiness along the story. He also makes a great use of footnotes and anagrams, which makes the reading more surprising, varied....more