Wow. I absolutely loved this book, though it was even darker than the others in the Abhorsen series. I fell in love with Clariel immediately and was cWow. I absolutely loved this book, though it was even darker than the others in the Abhorsen series. I fell in love with Clariel immediately and was completely caught up in her world. I love how this prequel takes a different turn from the others, how temptation gets the better of Clariel, and how she felt losing her way from the Charter. Some amazing writing, as usual with Garth Nix, and a great new story in one of my favorite worlds. Highly recommended....more
Despite the harsh reviews this book has received, I absolutely loved it. I've read the original several times now, and found more to love in this bookDespite the harsh reviews this book has received, I absolutely loved it. I've read the original several times now, and found more to love in this book, even though it really is P&P verbatim for the most part. The thing is, if you are a true fan of this novel, you can't help but want to read the good parts again and again, which is basically what this book does, only you also get a glimpse into Darcy's perspective. While there were a few areas that I thought deserved more attention, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the new ideas brought by Aylmer about how Darcy felt as Lizzie teased him. My favorite part is when he finds out that Mr. Collins had once proposed to her and gets all irate at the idea of that man "having the right to..." *sigh* that part was awesome. The irresistible attraction to Elizabeth is very clear and fun to read from Darcy's perspective. The fact that this novel repeats most of P&P did not detract, but I think you have to be one of those die-hard fans that reads P&P over and over to really enjoy this novel. Luckily, I am one of those, so this was awesome to read. If you're not obsessed with Austen, probably not your cup of tea....more
This book is absolutely adorable. I hoovered it right up and loved every second. Above all, the characterization is especially great. As an identicalThis book is absolutely adorable. I hoovered it right up and loved every second. Above all, the characterization is especially great. As an identical twin, I felt like the twin relationship between Cath and Wren was realistic and well done. Levi, Cath's love interest, was also a seriously loveable guy and their slowly unfolding relationship rang true to a lot of college-age kids. Rowell has a way of making even sort of mean girls seem nice, too, which added to the feeling of a real college town life.
The next best thing about Fangirl was the parallel stories within the story and Cath's relationship with being an emerging writer. The story has snippets of "cannon", a novel series akin to Harry Potter called Simon Snow, mixed in with Magicath's (Cath's online persona) fan fiction as each chapter heading and ends with Cath's first story outside the Simon Snow Universe. Brilliant.
I haven't read a lot of new adult, but this series definitely fits in that category. Wren is out of control, living the freshman party girl life and Cath battles fear and depression while also worrying about their father, who lives a little close to the crazy edge for her comfort. These are common problems for young adults out on their own for the first time and Rowell handles them wisely.
The writing is also so fun and lovely. I was literally sucked into this book from page one and ignored my friends so I could keep reading. I definitely want to read more from Rainbow Rowell....more
Basically, I just couldn't read any more of these. It's not that they are bad, but I'm a little too old to keep reading these when they are kinda repeBasically, I just couldn't read any more of these. It's not that they are bad, but I'm a little too old to keep reading these when they are kinda repetitive....more
Peter Monn's debut novel is amazingly rich and full of life. While technically this novel is geared toward young adults, it's one of those books adultPeter Monn's debut novel is amazingly rich and full of life. While technically this novel is geared toward young adults, it's one of those books adults can appreciate just as much. The characters are real, with problems and dreams and all the crazy baggage that makes them seem so real. I love Uncle Alex, the famous uncle who wrote the great American indie novel, yet is still struggling with his own past and Cher, Danny's kooky best friend whose bravado belies a sensitive girl with a big secret. Danny himself is pretty awesome, even though it takes him the whole book to come to grips with his life. He is just so real and so Peter. As someone who knew this author back in the day, I can see the truth behind many of the events detailed in the story, but as a master plotter, Peter wove a universal tale from the threads of his own life that will live on in literature. I love that this book exists, not just for the gay boys out there who are still being treated like crap in schools across America, but for everyone who has ever struggled to make sense out of the hand life has dealt them. It's all about the details and the shiny moments that live in our memories. The Before Now and After Then is one of the best novels I've read this year. Highly recommended for teens, parents, and anyone who has dared to really love someone. Plus, the songs alone would make a killer soundtrack....more