First off I was spurred to read this book because I loved the cover, and I honestly did not read the description before I started reading the book soFirst off I was spurred to read this book because I loved the cover, and I honestly did not read the description before I started reading the book so I had no idea of the setting or what this book was about. I wanted to like this book so much more because it breaches that taboo topic of what it's like to be and Iranian woman, who also is attracted to other women. I know little of Iranian culture, the bit I do know is from a friend who moved from Iran to the States. I think that this was a great and bold book to publish, and it felt more real than fiction. There is a great dynamic between Sahar and her father that never really gets explored and that would have been a wonderful and heart wrenching story on its own, but the actually story of Sahar and Nasrin just didn't feel right. You get the sense that the girls have this history, but we don't really get filled in on the history, it's all in the now and both girls are so young and naive that it is hard to believe that this is real love, or that this love is merely one-sided, because Sahar is the only one that seems to try, even though it's impossible. Nasrin is too shallow to take seriously, she is just an unlikable character, and Sahar is lacks confidence and follows Nasrin around like a lost puppy. Then there is Ali, the cousin, his story and the world that he lives in would also have been far more compelling. I honestly think there is so much potential here, the writing itself is choppy and there is a disconnect from page to reader, I don't feel a part of a story, I feel like I'm peeking in on someone's memories, a past that I can never be apart of. I think that it's worth a read but I don't know if it will be memorable. ...more
I got this book FOREVER ago, and I feel bad that I’m just now getting to it, because that’s the type of lame person I am (darn that nursing school forI got this book FOREVER ago, and I feel bad that I’m just now getting to it, because that’s the type of lame person I am (darn that nursing school for getting in the way of my reading). So, I have never ever heard of Ally Carter, and saying that obviously have never heard of the Gallagher Girls or the Heist Society series before reading this book, which I was worried about. This felt kind of stand alone to me, because I was able to follow this really easily. Ok so I couldn't fan girl respect the crossover action but still this little short was entertaining (and FREE!!!!) so it most definitely made me want to go out and find out more about these characters. It’s interesting these teens on opposite walks of life coming together for the greater good. I honestly enjoyed the world that was created in just a few pages. I wonder how I will feel after going back and ACTUALLY reading both these series because the author has intrigued me.
I did get this book free for an honest review....more
It took me 3 days to finish this book, and honestly it felt longer. Why? There is just so, so very much going on and it's not that it is bad, becauseIt took me 3 days to finish this book, and honestly it felt longer. Why? There is just so, so very much going on and it's not that it is bad, because it's not, it's just a lot! This book follows Bonnie Braverman and Lola LeFever in their journeys of self discovery and eventually their ultimate battle, which in a book about good and evil (guess which is which) you totally expect to see. This could be called nature vs. nurture, but there really isn't any nurture for either girl, so it's all instinct. These girls are born into a blood line that they spend the entire book trying to figure out, ok not necessarily their blood line, but who they are,why they are, and are they alone? There were several points that I just wanted to set this book down and give up, but I decided..no I've invested this much lets see where we go. Is this the best book ever? No, it's not the best, but it's intriguing and it's worth following though with. I think I would have much preferred this in comic format, I think it would have had a bigger impact in that format, and also reached a wider audience, because the story itself is brilliant. The imagery is wonderful and the author is clearly talented. I think this would have been a crazy epic & long comic book, but it would be spectacular. I love that Bonnie and Lola parallel in so many ways but just a few different decisions make the outcomes vary vastly. I will say that Lola is my favorite her spiral downward and the insanity that she sprials into is just really well done, you really can see the crazy, though Bonnie is pretty awesome too, the whole thing is really well done. It's really an amazing novel, I wish there were parts that didn't make me want to set the book down because of pacing, because I think that will kill a few readers. Trust me it's worth sticking with. I can't wait to see what else the author has put out there. Plus anyone who mentions Joss Whedon right off the bat is totally awesome in my book! :) ...more
First off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, I was so excited to have been able to read this. I meaFirst off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, I was so excited to have been able to read this. I mean it was ridiculous about how excited this lady got about reading this book....
So, I loved the Hex Hall Series, and this book is a spin-off or really another tale set in the same world that Hex Hall was set in. Do you need to read that series first? No, this book does stand on it's own...but I think it would be mighty helpful, mostly because the author doesn't re-build the world for you, it's kind of implied that you understand who the Brannicks are, what Prodigium are, and though there are brief descriptions I would think you'd feel less lost if you went ahead and read that series, it's great too.
We got to know, or meet, Izzy Brannick some in Spell Bound, as well as the rest of her family and there was a lot going on with her and the man in the mirror, Torin. Now we get to delve into Izzy world and it's a heck of a world, there is a lot that is going on in our young heroine's life and this book is just hitting the tip of the iceberg. The writing is really witty, it's fun and it has that same playful seriousness as Ms. Hawkins previous works. It doesn't have that same pizzazz that Hex Hall had, but it is still fun. Izzy is an awkward young lady who doesn't know how to fit in but doesn't change who she is and sticks up for what she believes, which is honestly a great example to younger teens who are susceptible to wanting to fit that popular mold. I read this book through in one sitting, it is an easy, quick and enjoyable read.
A couple of quotes I loved (and there were many)but these were funny (to me).
"No girl can ever have enough My Little Ponies. That's just science.”
"Mom, everyone at the Waffle Hut is shady. That's why they go to the Waffle Hut. To . . . be shady. And eat waffles. Shadily."...more