If this book ever gets interesting, it happens much too late in the novel. A hundred pages into this 200 page book and I was still unaware of any plot...moreIf this book ever gets interesting, it happens much too late in the novel. A hundred pages into this 200 page book and I was still unaware of any plot or point.
Was I supposed to feel sorry for Deanna? Yes she has a bad reputation, but last I checked, 13 year olds who get caught doing the deed in the back of a popular 17 year olds truck by their dad don't exactly garner respect and admiration of others. Furthermore, Deanna has exactly two friends and she spends much of her time lusting after one and being jealous of the other.
I suppose there are some good messages contained in this book; however, I don't think making the heroine unsympathetic is any way to drive those messages home. It's never too late to become a good person, but books require character from the start. (less)
A special Thank you goes out to my matey T for recommending this book to me, great choice mon amie. :) No review I’m capable of writing will do this b...moreA special Thank you goes out to my matey T for recommending this book to me, great choice mon amie. :) No review I’m capable of writing will do this book justice, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Lips Touch is stunning and reminiscent of my childhood favorite, Robin McKinley, and it is because of books like Lips Touch, that I fell in love with the YA fantasy genre so many years ago. Filled with inventive lore, gorgeously flowing language, and unique illustrations, Lips Touch is nothing short of a delight.
Made up of a collection of three short stories, Lips Touch takes readers through a journey where kisses transform, sometimes beginning, and other times ending lives. While the first story, Goblin Fruit, was my personal favorite of the three, each story offers an enchanting and fantastical new lore, including goblins, demons, and soul snatching, body wrenching immortals. My only complaint is that each of these stories would have made for a fantastic book in their own right, and I wish that I could have read more about these characters, especially Kizzy. (less)
Winter’s Bone is a lyrical, gutter-trash wonder. When I wasn’t aghast by the realization that there are people who actually accept living in such wre...moreWinter’s Bone is a lyrical, gutter-trash wonder. When I wasn’t aghast by the realization that there are people who actually accept living in such wretched circumstances, I was busy blotting my eyes with tissues. I went through half a box by the time I completed this 200 paged tale that is appallingly gorgeous in its scope.
Winter’s Bone depicts a bleak Ozark realm containing deeply rooted codes of honor in which these characters of murdering, drug selling, over dosing feigns live and die. Ree Dolly is the daughter of such a feigned, known amongst those in the sticks as the best crack cooker far and wide. When her father skips bail, Ree is tasked with finding him or else she, along with her family, will be cast out of their home which her father used as collateral to post his bond. Over wrought with her current burden as caregiver to a mad mother, and two entirely dependant younger brothers, Ree must heap yet another load upon her shoulders to ensure the survival of her family. As a result, Ree will have to shake up the established status quo, and may even forfeit her life as a consequence of doing so.
Ree is as far removed from a wide eyed innocent as one can get, and yet she posses such a naive since of hope and want that your heart can’t help but break for her. She disarms you with her ferocious tenacity, over whelming and often maternal sense of love for her brothers, and her loyalty to the lot of losers to which she has been born. Winter’s Bone will grab hold of you, chill you to your core, and leave you with a feeling of weariness by tales end. (less)
Ship Breaker is a fascinating concept. It’s written well and tackles concerning current world affairs such as class segregation and unlawful labor pra...moreShip Breaker is a fascinating concept. It’s written well and tackles concerning current world affairs such as class segregation and unlawful labor practices with ease and without appearing heavy handed. The world Bacigalupi has created is fantastical, multi-faceted and yet could be entirely plausible. His characters are well crafted and represent all the beauty and atrociousness that we humans possess. With that said, Ship Breaker was not without its flaws.
I can’t help but feel as though Bacigalupi lost his way about three fourths of the way through this story. The pacing fell through, and the ending was rushed, but more to the point, I’m lost as to what he wanted to accomplish with this story. If it was simply to shed light on issues that often go overlooked, then I say well done. But if he wrote this story to show readers how to initiate change, I say he failed. None of the characters in Ship Breaker change. They may have newly created outlets to express traits which they already possessed, but not one character grew. Nailer was a hard working, loyal, and moral character start to finish, as was Pima, her mother, and Tool. Nita was a spoiled, privileged, and judgmental girl start to finish. Moreover, change was not reflected on the beach in which Nailer lived. Nailer may have been graced with a lucky strike by books end, but what of the others? And truly, can we call Nailer’s fate lucky? He was nothing short of a slave, entirely at the mercy of ship yard bosses, commanded by the elite, at the start of the book, and though he escapes the ship yard in the end, it is only to serve on the ship of a rich girl to whom Nailer devoted his life. That is trading one master for another, imo, albeit a kinder one.
All in all, Ship Breaker is a worthy read, filled with creativity and will certainly provide much food for thought in addition to a world you can loose yourself in, but in no way would I compare it to Hunger Games, as many have done. Apples and oranges as they say. (less)