**spoiler alert** I feel like there is a very interesting story here but sometimes the author got in the way. There were alot of repeated phrases (sli...more**spoiler alert** I feel like there is a very interesting story here but sometimes the author got in the way. There were alot of repeated phrases (slipping into darkness, whenever someone was in a fight one eye always swelled shut..ALWAYS, etc).
I felt like the historical characters were more well-developed than the modern one. Why Alice & Will seemed to act like Alais & Giam was never explained. How after 1 afternoon she referred to him as her love was never explained.
The narrator was very good despite having to turn the volume way up in my car. Not perfect, but nice to listen to and drive. (less)
I listened to this as an audio book. The story was good (maybe not my favorite Jim Butcher, but enjoyable). The narrator (James Marsters) was sooooooo...moreI listened to this as an audio book. The story was good (maybe not my favorite Jim Butcher, but enjoyable). The narrator (James Marsters) was sooooooooooo good. He did so many different voices without being obnoxious about it and kept me in the story. Will probably listen to more on CD because he is that good.(less)
It's not a perfect book. I'm actually really glad I listened to it on audiobook because I doubt that the paper version could be any better. The author...moreIt's not a perfect book. I'm actually really glad I listened to it on audiobook because I doubt that the paper version could be any better. The author is the PERFECT choice for the narrator, his Native American accent gives the story life. It's wonderful to hear his story, the pitfalls of his culture, in his actualy voice.
The story itself is a little disjointed for my tastes. It feels very much like a roller-coaster. There will be a hilarious laugh out loud moment then BOOM the bottom drops out and it becomes the msot depressing book in the world. I'm not sure if this worked. At times it seemed so hopeless that I wanted to stop because of the sadness, but then it was hilarious at other times. There wasn't rising action to a big climax, but just little ups & downs and then a bigger up & a bigger down.
But I'm glad I listened to it. If you are considering this book go for the CDs.(less)
These books should be listened to on audiobook! Up front I want everyone to know that the narrator is amazing, the accent spot on and the book is "loo...moreThese books should be listened to on audiobook! Up front I want everyone to know that the narrator is amazing, the accent spot on and the book is "look ridiculous laughing while driving" fun.
Favorite book so far in the series. Gone is the mopey Jackie of book 2, away from the Puritans and ladies of the Lawson Peabody School for Girls and back on the high seas at last. And that's where Jacky and this series belong!
********SPOILERS AFTER THIS LINE*********
Of course Jacky gets into trouble immediately, is mistaken for a boy, ends up on a ship with a crazy captain with bad intentions on our favorite female midshipmen. But when has sketchy men stopped Jacky? She gets through it all with spunk and smiles, winning over the hearts of her shipmates and readers alike.
I like THIS Jacky. Gone is the moping and pining away for Jaimy. Better that she thinks he betrayed her. I like single and flirtatious Jacky. There are many men, both good and bad, who want Jacky. And she flirts and has fun, but none of them can have her. Instead of one boy, we have a slew of them-- Robin and Joseph Jared, a few others, and eventually Jaimy, but only briefly.
At times this series is ridiculous, but it's suppose to be! These books are pure fun--I'd go adventuring with Jacky any day. We'd find trouble, mischief, mayhem, cute boys and hopefully avoid the noose one more time!(less)
Listened to as audiobook and in that format it's quite good. Not sure if I could have read the story in normal book format. The letters did seem a tin...moreListened to as audiobook and in that format it's quite good. Not sure if I could have read the story in normal book format. The letters did seem a tiny bit repetitive at times. However Isola made me laugh constantly and the story had laugh out loud moments, at least when listening to it.
Fuller review to follow (when i'm laid up in the bed with a stomach virus) (less)
Anna and the French Kiss is not a bad book. Loads of people like it and there plenty of people that I can recommend it to. But I'm just too jaded (or...moreAnna and the French Kiss is not a bad book. Loads of people like it and there plenty of people that I can recommend it to. But I'm just too jaded (or something) for a book this sugary. Loving a romance book is a very rare thing thing for me.
This book felt too repetitive and a little contrived. It's exactly like a romantic comedy, only in book form. It cycled through Anna liking St. Clair, her having the epiphany that he likes her, he really likes her, then awkward passive aggressiveness, rinse and repeat. It happened at least three, maybe four times.
I couldn't deal with the repetitiveness. She'd already realized St. Clair liked her, like a grand epiphany, then she keeps realizing it again and again. How many times can she be surprised to learn that?
But Anna is relatable. When she talks about old movies I could've been best friends with her in high school. The book mentions one of my favorite movies, It Happened One Night. But Anna cries way too much, whined about her parents (who weren't that bad) and complained about being sent to Paris. PARIS!!!! I would've given ANYTHING for that experience in high school. Heck send me now!
St. Clair was charming, short (a plus as a fellow shortie), British and intelligent. I loved his passion for history. But his indecisiveness drove me crazy. There's only so much I can forgive for the sake of a British accent before wanting to yell at him. I liked him well enough, but I think I'll like him more when he quits letting his father emasculate him all the time.
But I will admit that this book is sweet, the characters are likable and The School of America, Paris is an excellent backdrop for a YA novel. For me it's a tolerable romance, which means for others it will be excellent. For those romantically inclined, this book is great. For a tomboy like me? Probably not. (less)
Always fun and rollicking. This one was quite flirtatious and that's how I like my Jacky Faber.
(view spoiler)[ I will say, however, if that brief reun...moreAlways fun and rollicking. This one was quite flirtatious and that's how I like my Jacky Faber.
(view spoiler)[ I will say, however, if that brief reunion had not happened at the end I would've been rather angry at this book. It built up to that so much and there for awhile I thought it was just toying with me. I don't really like being toyed with lol. (hide spoiler)]
I'll try to write more of a review later. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Guardian of the Dead is a good book that benefits from having an excellent narrator and audiobook. The story itself has a lot going for it--mythology,...moreGuardian of the Dead is a good book that benefits from having an excellent narrator and audiobook. The story itself has a lot going for it--mythology, New Zealand, a smart doesn't-take-shit from anyone heroine. But at times, the writing drags the story down. It liked to use clever turns of phrases like "I ate till my stomach touched my jeans" which FYI doesn't make sense, and overused adverbs in dialogue tags. Clumsily writing that detracts from an interesting tale.
Fortunately the story itself is good. Eleanor Spencer is the new kid at boarding school. She's in her last year before university, so she struggles to fit in with the already tight-knit group of students who have lived together for years. But she manages to survive, snaring attractive Kevin as a best friend by being the only girl who doesn't throw herself at him, and living the life of sneaking out, drinking in the dorm and normal boarding school shenanigans.
A serial-killer who takes his victims eyes has the whole island on edge. Ellie accidentally stumbles into the supernatural world, learning that myths aren't quite as mythical as she thought and finding herself fighting to save her best friend from creatures that he doesn't even know exist. Maori mythology, something I know nothing about, makes this novel stand out from the rest of the paranormal offerings. I cannot comment on the accuracy, but I like that the author avoided the typical mythological beings used in fantasy novels and introduced me to a new and equally terrifying world.
Another thing that helps this novel is Ellie herself. She's not your typical waif of a heroine, but a large, muscular, judo fighting smartass. The author seems acutely aware of the non-positive male/female dynamics of most paranormals, and tries to make Ellie the opposite of Bella. At times it's heavy handed. There's a lot of talk about no meaning no and consent, but it's nice to have a heroine who's aware that she shouldn't let boys push her around.
I don't really have much to say for the romantic elements of this book. There were times I liked that subplot and times when it seems unnecessary. However it's fine most of the time.
Narration I listened to the audiobook which is very well narrated. The New Zealand accent is simply fantastic to listen to. I've seen a few mixed reviews of this book and I noticed some flaws myself, but if you have the chance to listen to this story I highly recommend it on audio.
It's amazing how much fun a children's book about an alien invasion can be! Seriously!
This story follows the adventures of 11 year old Gratuity (yes...moreIt's amazing how much fun a children's book about an alien invasion can be! Seriously!
This story follows the adventures of 11 year old Gratuity (yes that's her name, her mom's not that smart) and invading alien J.Lo (apparently he's not that smart either). The story starts with a school assignment to write about "The True Meaning of Smekday" for a time capsule to be opened in 100 years.
It's hilarious. Gratuity (or Tip as her friends call her) is smarter than ALL the adults around her, self sufficient pre-alien invasion and stays that way throughout the novel. She's smarter than any eleven year old should be, but it fits with her life experience. I believe Gratuity which seems impossible since she's such an adventurous, ass-kicking (she wouldn't like me saying that...) eleven year old.
And it's impossible to talk about this book without talking about THE AMAZING AUDIO!!! This is one of those stories that is made for audiobook I cannot brag on this narrator and the different voices she uses enough! I felt like I was missing out because the book is fully illustrated but all my friends on goodreads seem to agree that audio is the way to go. But go to the website to see how friggin' cute the aliens are!
I'm so happy my library had this! Let's throw a Smekday party people!(less)
I should probably write a full well-thought out review but enough people have read this book that I feel like the information is out there. It was goo...moreI should probably write a full well-thought out review but enough people have read this book that I feel like the information is out there. It was good, not great. Sometimes it over-described things I preferred not to hear about. I enjoyed the elephant, she had a lot of spunk and personality. Jacob was a sympathetic main character. I like the circus.
What bothered me was Marlena. I like strong female protagonists. Marlena felt ridiculously undeveloped as the 2nd main character. She giggled, she stroked her foot, she wore pink sequins, she liked animals but she didn't have much substance. I just wanted her to DOOOOO something, but everybody else did it for her. Not sure what else I can say without spoilers. Marlena felt more like a chess-piece in this story rather than an actual character which disappointed me.
(Unrelated note: I have never read a book where people spit more frequently).
AUDIOBOOK: The narrators are wonderful. If you want to read this book and the library has the audiobook worth checking out. (less)
This book started out with an interesting premise. I love a mom who has gone crazy-train and thinks she's a beauty queen 24/7. But then it didn't go a...moreThis book started out with an interesting premise. I love a mom who has gone crazy-train and thinks she's a beauty queen 24/7. But then it didn't go anywhere. Following her mother's death CeeCee moves to Savannah where apparently everyone is wonderful and everything perfect (Except Mrs. Hobbs who really isn't that bad. I didn't like Mrs. Goodpepper that much to be honest). It has a couple of false-starts where I think there will be action and plot starting but almost as soon as it's there they've moved on to another small vignette of CeeCee's savannah life.
This book may have squelch by with 3 stars but at times the prose felt purple. I listened to this on audiobook (love Jenna Lamia) and it was hard to ignore the fact their were similes almost every sentence. Example "The clouds were like the veil of a runaway bride" probably not the exact wording because I have no way to look it up. The little girl is 12 and as far as I garner she has no experience with runaway brides (this is prior to the popular movie). The similes and imagery often felt distracting and unnatural. Some people love pretty flowery language but I am not one of them.
It's probably a good thing I listened to this on audiobook or else I could give you a whole list of similes, metaphors and images that didn't work for me. But lucky for both of us I can't do that.
Audiobook comment: As always Jenna Lamia does an excellent job narrating. She does a young girl better than any other narrator I've heard. (less)
Carter Finally Gets It is a funny book. It's about a freshman struggling to find his way through high school -- sports, ADD, virginity and popularity,...moreCarter Finally Gets It is a funny book. It's about a freshman struggling to find his way through high school -- sports, ADD, virginity and popularity, the battles every high schooler faces.
I did have some struggles with this book. Carter singleminded focus on losing his virginity wasn't always the most enjoyable thing for me to read. Yes it's funny, but for me it's hard to listen to his continual objectifying comments about women. I get the point! Really I do! Throughout the book Carter has to learn to think about himself and the opposite sex differently. My question is, are high school guys truly this focused on sex? I'm no idiot. I know they think about it. But at times Carter thinks about it SO MUCH that he can barely focus on anything else.
But I really like this book. I just wanted to be upfront about that one issue. Part of me wants to call this book Ruby Oliver for dudes. Not because it's an excellent teenage feminist book hidden behind what seems like a cute fluffy story (Oh E. Lockhart! You are so tricky!). A good chunk of this book is about Carter's quest to lose his virginity, but that's just a clever disguise to the real story. This book is really about Carter accepting himself, not who the world, his friends or his sister tells him to be, but who Carter wants to be.
In the beginning Carter just wants to fit in. He does all the same extracurricular activities and join the same sports team as his friends. By the end of the book Carter is okay with being different, okay with doing his own thing and beginning to realize that girls aren't just walking vaginas and maybe he should care about the girl, not the just the sex potential.
This book is fun, extremely well narrated and very enjoyable. I got a little scared inside the sex-driven mind of a teenage boy but overall I felt like the journey was worth it by the end of the book. It's not as deep as Ruby Oliver, but I feel like the story is a good subliminal message for teenage boys.(less)
This book is brilliant. I listened to the audiobook and Jason Isaac's is a wonderful narrator. A Monster Calls rings heartbreakingly true, capturing h...moreThis book is brilliant. I listened to the audiobook and Jason Isaac's is a wonderful narrator. A Monster Calls rings heartbreakingly true, capturing how it feels when someone you love is chronically ill. It captures the sorrow, the anger and the guilt. I don't even feel like I really need to review this because it's all been said before. But in case you've been living under a rock, read this book. It'll hurt, but it's one of the most truthful books about illness and grief I've ever read. (less)