I avoided this one for quite some time because 'romance' generally isn't my thing. However, I was reaching the end of the series and really wanted morI avoided this one for quite some time because 'romance' generally isn't my thing. However, I was reaching the end of the series and really wanted more, so I gave it a shot. Much better than I expected - and made me wish we saw much more of Daniel in the series.
Highlights: * I love the 'what was the best part of your week/day' dinner question that gets asked every family dinner. * Nell's mom is awesome. * Got to love Daniel's twin nieces - and I love how they give an alternate perspective on what magic is.
A theme of 'what do you do when someone has something great happen in their life, but it means you won't see them as much?', which is definitely relevant for me sometimes.
As a reminder: 5's mean this book stuck with me in some way. Book-quality-wise this is probably a 3.5 of 4....more
I give it 1.5. The story isn't particularly interesting, but the real problem is that the writing and characters are pretty awful.
June, the protagoniI give it 1.5. The story isn't particularly interesting, but the real problem is that the writing and characters are pretty awful.
June, the protagonist, doesn't seem to have a proactive bone in her body (according to her actions), though her dialogue and thoughts have her rebelling against everyone constantly.
The grammar issues are pronounced. The first-person narration switches tense from past to present mid-sentence, there are major conjugation issues especially around plurals, and there are verbs that don't make any sense in their sentences.
There are also contradictions in the plot, and the descriptions of the people and places seem to change based on what's most convenient for that particular paragraph.
Overall an uninspiring read that continuously frustrated me.
This gave me a small tad of the same comfort that Gratuitous Epilogue by Andrea K. Höst did: watching someone's everyday life. The book didn't move quThis gave me a small tad of the same comfort that Gratuitous Epilogue by Andrea K. Höst did: watching someone's everyday life. The book didn't move quickly but it also wasn't glacial.
This book didn't end up offering much in the way of new ideas, which is normally something that annoys me a lot. That said, I'll end up checking out the next one because these are 2-day popcorn books that I don't hate but that don't require any effort from me.
I'm not a huge fan of the editor, who missed some obvious ways the book could have been made tighter, more consistent, or to have a better flow, but overall it's a fine book.
I'm switching my ratings to 1 is awful, 2 is fine, 3 is solid, 4 is great, 5 is life-changing because my previous '3' category was too large. This would have previously been a 3, now I'm debating between 2 and 3. I'm giving it the 3 because I will read the next one. *** Read kindle sample __ to __....more
I've heard a couple of good things about this series from acquiantainces I talked to in passing, but all of the closer friends who've read it seem toI've heard a couple of good things about this series from acquiantainces I talked to in passing, but all of the closer friends who've read it seem to have bad reviews on Goodreads.
I found the sample okay, so I'll see how the next few chapters go. I need some simple plane reading :)...more
In quality this is a 3. I give 5's to books that make a difference on my life somehow. This is the book that made me think - oh, writing is somethingIn quality this is a 3. I give 5's to books that make a difference on my life somehow. This is the book that made me think - oh, writing is something reasonable that maybe even I could do. I really hope it passes that message onto lots of teenagers (and others!).
I liked the book-within-a-book format. It was intriguing to see Darcy think about her edits, and realize that what we'd read was clearly the final version - you could remember her discovering words like 'bungalow' and then think back to when it had been used in an earlier Afterworlds chapter.
There was a section in the middle of both books that got slow for me, but that was less than 20% of the overall book.
=== I read the sample on __ as part of ___ and preordered the full book....more
Zach has doubts about himself, The Program, and his place in the world for the first time since The Program recruited him as an assassin. Doubts aren'Zach has doubts about himself, The Program, and his place in the world for the first time since The Program recruited him as an assassin. Doubts aren't something The Program approves of, until they suddenly make him the ideal operative to get close to a potential domestic terrorist running a secretive backwoods training program in the heart of Vermont.
Zach is sent to a recruiting event with two very specific instructions: Kill Moore; do not enter the camp. When his only option to complete his mission suddenly involves violating the second instruction, Zach decides to prove his loyalty and skills to Mother and Father and take the risk.
Now off the grid without his usual support, can Zach survive his most difficult mission yet?
A very fast, action-packed read. There are some moments where I found inconsistencies or it difficult to suspend my disbelief, but for the most part it was a reasonable popcorn read. Kudos to the author and editor for breaking the series arc into bite-sized pieces, and for keeping each book short and pithy....more
I got this from March's Kindle First releases. I wasn't really transfixed by the premise and description, but it was the most likely of the four to inI got this from March's Kindle First releases. I wasn't really transfixed by the premise and description, but it was the most likely of the four to interest me and I might as well choose one and try it.
I read a few pages and then stopped, bored.
I picked it up again a week or so later and got further in. But still sooo many mysteries so slow. I just couldn't enjoy the slow pace in a book I wasn't really excited about to begin with. Also too dark for me.
I'm going to go looking for a synopsis since I am a little curious about the story's resolution. I might enjoy this more in the future when I'm not so dragged down by the darkness of the writing.
=notes= Sun 3/23 was definitely reading seventh child for real by now...more
This was too dark, gossipy, and without an interesting story for me to continue with it. I think I get how the author was trying to tell the story, buThis was too dark, gossipy, and without an interesting story for me to continue with it. I think I get how the author was trying to tell the story, but it took too long to get started and didn't have any real substance.
I'm sure there's a good moral at the end, but I just couldn't stand the book long enough to get there.
I'm oversensitive to dark stories, so other readers may not have any trouble with this book.
Abandoned on same day I started it. (Don't want to put finished date because I didn't finish so it shouldn't count toward yearly goal.)...more
It took me a big to break into this story, and then the worldbuilding was pretty amusing. I'm not sure the constant references and writing style wouldIt took me a big to break into this story, and then the worldbuilding was pretty amusing. I'm not sure the constant references and writing style wouldn't really annoy me in a full-length novel, but they were bearable at this length....more
I enjoyed this far more than I expected to, especially given the blurb and cover. I expected some really insipid popular-clique-bashing-everyone-elseI enjoyed this far more than I expected to, especially given the blurb and cover. I expected some really insipid popular-clique-bashing-everyone-else drivel, and got something definitely better than that.
The point of view is novel - a collective "we" with slight personalities emerging occasionally. (It reminded me slightly of Prachett's Auditors, though the two are otherwise very different.) This was also an interesting allegory for the collective social consciousness we develop as a community, wherein we gradually tend to believe the same things for no reason other than that everyone else acts in a given way.
I didn't mind the teenage drama much. Some of it felt pretty realistic. Petty relationship issues like who was interested in who. Deep relationships issues like how much you could trust your best friend to actually believe in you. 15-year-olds coming to terms with their own self-confidence. I remember all those things from my sophomore year.
The story itself didn't have a lot of action outside of the social dramas. Fine by me, because I actually enjoy just reading about other people going about their lives and the minor crises and wins they have every day, but I'm sure that will upset many readers.
I wish the science were a little less...unlikely and unexplained...but until the very end it took a backseat and I could successfully suspend my disbelief.
read dates are approximate based on goodreads updated date...more
The writing style just isn't compelling. But after getting off to a very slow start, I gradually found myself enjoying "The Marshmallow Hammer DetectiThe writing style just isn't compelling. But after getting off to a very slow start, I gradually found myself enjoying "The Marshmallow Hammer Detective Agency: The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg" more and more (up to a level of 'it was fine, and I finished it').
A plucky girl, interesting puzzles I could solve along with the character, and an interesting sideplot giving insight into the child neglect of a friend of the protagonist.
As a member of a volunteer program that works with youth in foster care, I found the neglect plotline to be particularly interesting. I think it's valuable to see that behaviour brought to light in literature, especially how the child is affected (in this case can't interact normally with his peers). I do wish better reporting behaviour on the part of the adults in the story had been modeled.
There were a couple of things that irked me. The first was just how often Hat got discouraged. "I'm going to be the best detective ever" wasn't paired with a drive to do the work necessary to make that come true. The second was how often a clue was solved because of the work of an adult instead of Hat doing the work herself.
Overall an okay read (once I got into it), but I'm still not sure what the intended lesson of the book was.
I also wish the puzzles had been a little more "play along at home"-able. Several of them required access to the local phone book, which readers clearly didn't have. But most I figured out before the protagonist and that was satisfying....more
second page: Off to a bad start. I don't like the narrator's attitude *at all*. (who would want their middle-grade daughterNetgalley sent this to me.
second page: Off to a bad start. I don't like the narrator's attitude *at all*. (who would want their middle-grade daughter taking this kid as a role model? worse than the nickelodeon characters)
27%: I'm warming up to Bex though. I still don't like her attitude, but I see how her backstory made her that way. I'm thinking I wished the author had started at 'the moment the protagonist's life changed' (a la advice from Andrea K. Höst) - probably whenever it is she gets around to making that wish.
100%: While the author hasn't really grown on me, I found the story to be a slightly useful one on the subject of being on a limited income and living with someone other than your biological parents.
edition: * formatting: The kindle edition had no extra linebreaks between chapter sections (as opposed to paragraphs in the same section). This meant there were abrupt breaks in the action or conversation with no visual signals. I figured it out, but it's sloppy. * editing: There were also several typos where a similar-sounding and real word was substituted for the word that would have made grammatical sense. I couldn't tell if this was bad auto-correcting by spell check combined with sloppy copyediting or if it was poor grammar by the author combined with sloppy copyediting. None of them were bad enough to disrupt the readability of the story....more
The more hectic feel of these last few books isn't something I like quite as much as I liked the very first few books. But I *do* love that we're learThe more hectic feel of these last few books isn't something I like quite as much as I liked the very first few books. But I *do* love that we're learning more about the world and getting more and more deeply involved in it - much better than murder mystery series where the detective never seems to evolve or grow in ability.
I have both the hardcover copy and the 7-12 overdrive kindle anthology from sfpl. Read the first chapter in hardcover about a month ago (just after finishing Turn Coat). Reading the rest on this trip on kindle....more