First line: Libby Deaton and May Harper invented Princess X in fifth grade, when Libby's leg was in a cast, and May had a doctor's note saying she couFirst line: Libby Deaton and May Harper invented Princess X in fifth grade, when Libby's leg was in a cast, and May had a doctor's note saying she couldn't run around the track anymore because her asthma would totally kill her. p. 1
OMG! I seriously loved reading this book. It's been a great long while since I've read a mystery and this one was perfect to jump back into. Here are my top 4 reasons why you need to read this book.
4. May meets Patrick, but they don't become a couple! They just become friends. Yay, for no love triangles or forced teen romance!
3. I HAD to find out if Libby was really alive, what was going to happen in the comic story, and what was going to happen with the Needle Man! Man oh man, was I hooked.
2. Part graphic novel part novel. Gosh I love this pairing. It's like wine and cheese.
1. Drum rollllllll. This is going to sound strange, but here it is, bad stuff happened in the book! Like maybe murder or attempted murder and/or maybe more (I can't say), and I liked that. Young adult novels sometimes tame down the world and I like it's presented in all its nuances.
Nope, I just could not enjoy this one. The dialogue felt like it was on speed. I know nothing about any of the characters, and I'm not really sure whaNope, I just could not enjoy this one. The dialogue felt like it was on speed. I know nothing about any of the characters, and I'm not really sure what the point of the story was. I'm gonna pass. Maybe middle school girls will like it better than I did. ...more
First line: I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday - one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live wFirst line: I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday - one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman name Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes p.1.
First line: After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sFirst line: After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.
I picked this book up because of a teen YouTube blogger. I enjoyed the character Celaena and her smart mouth and assassin skills to back it up. My only wish is for a female character to stand on her own and not have to have a love interest... or two, but that seems to be popular with young adult books.
First line: Go to him p. 3. I really need to figure out coding, because instead of 'first line' I should totally have first image or frame since thisFirst line: Go to him p. 3. I really need to figure out coding, because instead of 'first line' I should totally have first image or frame since this is a graphic novel. I'll look into that.
All the artwork of The Lost Boy is in black and white, which I like. It adds a dramatic effect especially since Greg Ruth's drawing are so realistic and absolutely beautiful. Seriously, check out his website of awesomeness. http://www.gregthings.com/
As for the story, it was difficult to follow. The two main characters, Walt, the boy from the past and the character on the cover, and Nate, the boy from the present who lives in Walt's old house (did you follow that?), are drawn so similar it's confusing as to who is who. Something else that creates confusion is the solo speech bubbles. Often the bubbles appear with the character not in the frame, so the reader spends a lot of effort trying to figure out who is speaking. I can see many of my middle schoolers picking this book up, but really struggling with the plot. I know they'll check it out, because graphic novels are like Cheetos to them. Plus the cover and inner pages are so creepy looking, they'll love it! I just wish those confusions were not there.
First line: Like a flashback memory, he's there in my mind: skimming up the stairs at school, his sloppy old T-shirt big as a sail, red tie-dyed dragoFirst line: Like a flashback memory, he's there in my mind: skimming up the stairs at school, his sloppy old T-shirt big as a sail, red tie-dyed dragon T-shirt, who wears stuff like that? No one.
Another Sync book. This one was paired with Echoes of an Angel. I enjoyed this one more.
First lines: I run. Fists of waves claw the sand as I force one foot to pound after the other. p. 1
I think this is a pretty solid recommendation to 8tFirst lines: I run. Fists of waves claw the sand as I force one foot to pound after the other. p. 1
I think this is a pretty solid recommendation to 8th grade readers. The pace is steady, and the suspense / curiosity about Kyla and her past, including the past of many of the characters, keeps the reader hooked. As an experienced reader I would like more from the book hence 3 stars. More world building especially about the AGT - antigovernment terrorists and the Lorders. Maybe more will be revealed in the second book Fractured.
**spoiler alert** First line: Serafina opened her eyes and scanned the darkened workshop, looking for any rats stupid enough to come into her territor**spoiler alert** First line: Serafina opened her eyes and scanned the darkened workshop, looking for any rats stupid enough to come into her territory while she slept. p.1
Alright. Now we got that out of the way. This book should be awesome, right? I mean come on! There's some serious marketing going on for this book. Unfortunately, it's all marketing. Ugh, I hate it when this happens! So much hype and then so much let down.
I won't spend a lot of time poking holes, so I'll focus on just three. The setting, the plot, and the characters in only a couple of sentences.
First the setting. If you actually looked at the second website then you saw how awesome the setting of the book is. If I were to intentionally choose to have a story take place in this amazing mansion then I would make sure the setting has a big role. Well, it doesn't. Yes, the author did his research and knew about the different rooms and what they were decorated like during the time period, but that was it. I didn't feel like I was there and it could have been any ol' mansion. Why North Carolina? Why 1899? Oh, it was just to move the plot along.
Okay the plot. It's all over the place and the reader is expected to do a lot of work. Spoiler! Seraphina is a catamount. A what? A catamount. Here is the only foreshadowing you'll get as to what a catamount is before her mother tells her at the end of the book. "I think it's suppose to be a catamount," Braeden said, looking over her shoulder. "What's that?" "My uncle said that years ago the local people use to phrase it cat of the mountains, but over time it was shortened to cat-a-the-mountains, and eventually it became catamount."p. 188 I'm sorry you can't do that! Yes, you made Seraphina have very feline characteristic both physical and behavioral. But you can't just expect the reader to except that she is this mythical creature when I don't know the myth! Tell me the myth! Tell me a good story about the myth! This little dialogue is not enough. :-( Yeah, sad face.
Last one, character. Seraphina herself needs some help. She's suppose to be the mansion's C.R.C. or chief rat catcher, but she only catches one rat at the very beginning. One small, short glimpse into her motivation and personality, at the beginning, and that is suppose to sustain me the rest of the story? I don't think so. She's flat and underdeveloped.
Who is the person who is suppose to catch these things? The editor? Writer? I don't know! Who double checks the dedication at the beginning and the acknowledgements at the end? The author dedicates the book to his three, yes 3, daughters, but only acknowledges two girls at the end of the book. Hmmm... now that's an interesting mystery or error. I don't know.
That's all even though there's more, but I've gone on long enough. My guess is I'll have maybe one or two kids actually read the book. If I show the book trailer I know several kids will attempt it. They'll check it out to look cool, but once they start I doubt they'll stick with it. I hope to be disproved though. And I hope, if my students do read it, they explain to me why it's awesome and I'm out of my mind. ...more