It's somewhere between 4-5 stars and I'm honestly baffled as how to review it right now. It's different from any other fantasy I've read. But good dif...moreIt's somewhere between 4-5 stars and I'm honestly baffled as how to review it right now. It's different from any other fantasy I've read. But good different.
I'm going to stew on it for a few days and I'll try to get back with you. Overall very glad I read it. (less)
After loving this book for a long time I concluded that it is my soulmate book. So I proposed to the book. AND YAY!
I don't know that I've had this...more After loving this book for a long time I concluded that it is my soulmate book. So I proposed to the book. AND YAY!
I don't know that I've had this much fun reading a book in awhile. It's a fun light read. At first I thought "magical school = Harry Potter" but I really liked Sophie and her sense of humor. It's not Harry Potter but doesn't shy away from the Potteresque influences. The author has a really good voice.
Loved it. No it's not the next great American novel but it's not trying to be. It's succeeds greatly in what it does.(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!
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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)
Let's look at the teen melodrama checklist: -Alcoholic father - Check -Absentee mother - Check...more4.5 stars of brilliance.
This book could've gone so wrong.
Let's look at the teen melodrama checklist: -Alcoholic father - Check -Absentee mother - Check -Dead friend - Check -Unpopularity - Check -Drinking Problem - Check -Wife beating neighbor - Check
Doesn't that sound a little bit like a lifetime original movie? Or an ABC family TV show (only nobody is pregnant)? But this book is smart. Really really smart. It's not an "issue" book, but a story of a girl who happens to have some issues. That's a huge difference.
Vera Dietz is in high school, has a full time job (due to her father's messed up views about responsibility), her father is a recovering alcoholic, her mom left when she was 12, and her best friend Charlie just died.
Only she kind of hates Charlie. Not just for dying, but for treating her like complete crap leading up to his death. Add on top of that everybody thinks he did something really really bad and only Vera knows that he didn't. Talk about a complication emotional mess.
The book tells the story from 4 points of view. It's mostly Vera, but we get interruptions from Vera's Dad (with lots of funny flowcharts and a honest parental perspective that isn't preachy or obnoxious), the dead kid (Charlie) and the Pagoda--a building near Vera's house where people hike and teens act stupid.
These four perspective really add the layers to this story. If we only heard Vera's perspective we might never understand Charlie and understanding him is essential to understanding the story. This book is both funny and heartbreaking. It's poignant without preaching, and completely right where it could've gone so wrong. (less)
There are so many things that seem like they shouldn't work for this book. But when I finally reached the end…they did...more4.5 stars if that were possible
There are so many things that seem like they shouldn't work for this book. But when I finally reached the end…they did. I loved it!
And I really like it when books surprise me like that. I've enjoyed this series from book 1 but occasionally during the book things would come up that would make me ask "Really? Will this work" then I keep reading and somehow weird things--like October's fetch showing up as a death omen--turns out so much more amusing that I ever imagine. I also found myself asking "REALLY again" at one point (and once you read this book you'll see exactly what I mean" and I thought "surely they're just dragging the story out at this point," but nope, I was wrong. It also worked.
October Daye has a chip on her shoulder as always, still mouthing off sarcastically when she really should shut up. But that's why we like her? She's a hero, but more of a reluctant one.
Something I liked about this novel was that I felt like we got more of a picture of Toby as a mother. That's something I've always had trouble picturing. But her maternal side is there--only with her best friend's children (because Gillian is still not in the picture).
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Just some thoughts: -At first May Daye bothered me. But when she started becoming her own person and participating in rescue missions I started liking her. She's a more cheerful version of Toby. -What's with Tybalt sulking off again? I like him, probably more than is decent to admit. Can't they just admit they like each other and make out a little? Please? -Quentin & Katie - normally you hear the human side of abandoning faerie lovers, but clearly it broke Quentin's heart. -Now I kind of want to know more about Sylvester's hero days -Did Toby really think she wasn't a hero? Jeeze? -Please tell me more about Amandine soon? What does everyone seem to have against her? (Looks like maybe we'll know something next book…)(less)
I'm not going to change my review or rating. But if you're curious what it's like to re-read this in a snarky mood when it's less shiny or new read my...moreI'm not going to change my review or rating. But if you're curious what it's like to re-read this in a snarky mood when it's less shiny or new read my status updates. But I say all that with teasing love because this series feels like an old friends where I'm allowed to poke fun and tease it's flaws because our relationship is stable enough. Yes it's flawed. But we're friends anyways.
I'm still on a post-reading-this-book-high. I loved it. It threw Katniss in yet another impossible situation that she had to think her way out of. Reading a great book is like falling in love...a bit intoxicating...and I feel like I fell in love last night.
The thing about these books is that you care about the characters. Those are the books that stick with you, the ones where you believe the characters and love the characters. Having read a book recently that I thought lacked character development Mockingjay (and all the Hunger Games) reminds me of how characters can go so right and by the time you reach the end you don't care how the plotline ends, but about how that effects the characters.
There were points where I got very confused in this book, usually when Katniss was confused and there was a lot of choas. I had to re-read a couple of passages because 1st person + choas = confusion. I was so glad that this book did not focus on the love triangle. Yes it was mentioned occasionally but the war took centerstage. Some people may not like this. I find it slightly unbelievable when stories focus too much on the romance in the middle of life-and-death situations where the character should focus on survival. (less)
(Note this is a review for the first 3 books. Yes I know that's a lazy cop-out but I've read too many books to properly review lately. Also I'm not re...more(Note this is a review for the first 3 books. Yes I know that's a lazy cop-out but I've read too many books to properly review lately. Also I'm not really sure why I took away a star and I'm considering giving it back)
When I first met Ruby Oliver at the local library, I thought the books looked pretty darned girly. Also it sounded a little bit too boy-crazy. Sometimes I get frustrated with all those true-love YA stories. I want to scream THERES MORE TO LIFE THAN BOYS! Besides, who finds true love in high school?
Oh how judgmental I am sometimes. This series is one of the best that I've read this year. This is not a mushy true love story. It's girly, but the right kind of girly. Ruby is witty, intelligent, neurotic, boy crazy and completely awesome.
I'm very impressed how these books touch upon some serious topics without taking themselves too seriously. Sometimes girls treat each other like competition rather than friends. The Ruby Oliver books navigates tough girl friendship situations with humor unlike anything I've seen. But at the same time they acknowledge that sometimes girls suck, especially where boys are concerned.
The story starts with Ruby in social exile because she kissed her (former) best friends boyfriend. Never mind that Jackson was Ruby's boyfriend first, or that Jackson kissed Ruby back. None of that matters because the school mob has deemed Ruby a boyfriend stealing slut. (Sidenote: Why is it that the boys are never to blame in these situations?)
Ruby's new found social leprosy leads to panic attacks, shrink visits and an unfortunate Xerox of her "Boyfriend list" created for her psychiatrist.
It's hard to list every reason I love these books. There's just so much to like. But you know I have to try! 1. Ruby's insightful and witty commentary about life 2. Neurotic hippie parents who live on a houseboat but clearly love their daughter very much 3. Misadventures and confusion with boys 4. Noel's fruit roll ups (the second and third book) 5. Hooter Protection Agency 6. The Boyfriend Book--insightful scientific observations of the male species 7. Non-preachy but important commentary on girl friendship and always blaming the girl 8. A main character who isn't perfect but is likable 9. Silly poems written by boys 10. Frogs laden with meaning 11. A goat named Robespierre 12. Ruby's addiction to making lists
Who cares about stars! This book gets a whole box of fruit roll-ups, value sized folks. (I am currently on a fruit roll-up binge so this is a high compliment). It's so much fun, but it's not mindless fun it's SMART fun. I cannot recommend this series enough.
If you like audio, these books are excellent. Please note that the narrator changes after book 1. They're still good, but the original narrator is amazing. After a few minutes I didn't really mind the new narrator.(less)
I laughed. I cried (no really! Megan and the cake! and AHHH!!!! That's cryptic on purpose). I felt like...moreI think I'm upgrading this whole series to a 5.
I laughed. I cried (no really! Megan and the cake! and AHHH!!!! That's cryptic on purpose). I felt like Ruby was talking directly to me. These books are just a complete joy to read. Reading a book should feel like THIS. That magical wonderful can't-put-down, stay-up-past-bedtime, frenzy of words.
(I might try to write a real review. But you shouldn't wait. Just read this series already) (less)
Zombies have been trendy for awhile, from the more satiric retelling of classics to lots of YA books that take place in a society ravaged by zombies....moreZombies have been trendy for awhile, from the more satiric retelling of classics to lots of YA books that take place in a society ravaged by zombies. I know Scott Westerfeld compared high school to a dystopia, but I don't quite think a zombie-apocalypse is the same thing.
And while there are zombies and lots of them, Feed is NOT a zombie book. It's more a political thriller where zombies are the backdrop. This feels fitting to me. By now we know about zombies. They're the undead, they eat brains and they amble around falling apart until someone puts a bullet in their brain. Do we really need to re-hash zombie lore? Feed does explain how the Kellis-Amberlee virus, aka the zombie bug, came into existence, but it doesn't treat the reader like a zombie novice.
Feed follows the story of a group of bloggers selected to follow a presidential campaign. Senator Ryman is a rising star in the Republican party, a veritable Boy Scout in a world where everyone has an angle. The other candidates are caricatures, but sadly believable in a world where the internet is the main avenue of human interactions. There's Kirsten "Knockers" Wagman, a woman with massive breast implants and very little to actually say. I picture her as a thousand different youtubers, using a breast shot to get hits or in this case votes. There's Governor Tate who believes that zombies are a judgement from God and preaches a message of fear.
In a world where people are afraid to leave their home for fear of an outbreak, campaigning is dangerous and sometimes deadly. Following a presidential candidate across the country has no guarantee of safety, as Georgia, Shaun and Buffy find out. But is the danger really from the undead? Or from the political game they've become part of? The zombies are not the villains in this book.
I could probably ramble for awhile about everything I liked about this book. My degree is in journalism. Georgia is a Journalist with a capital J. She's what blogging circles call Newsies but what I call "Exactly how every journalist should be." As the main character she channels all the journalistic greats, digging for the whole truth no matter the cost. She's the legendary fourth estate, keeping the powers-that-be in line not with power, but with truth. Georgia is ethical, fair and a damn good journalist. There was a point in time when I wanted to be just like Georgia (minus zombies & potential death). She's a hero armed with words, not a sword (though she carries a gun. She'd be stupid not too). Sometimes we have an overly simplistic view of female heroines, but Georgia is just as much a hero as Alanna, Hermione, or Katniss, her weapons are just different.
A lot of people underestimate the value of journalism. But a free press is necessary for the political process. Sometimes the press can be stupid and suck, but this book emphasizes how a good journalist by only telling the truth can change the world. (And an aside, trust me this is true. Until the local newspaper filed a freedom of information act request and followed through on a story despite threats, my county has a very very VERY corrupt sheriff. Yes my sheriff was evil)
This book will appeal to many. If you like zombies there's a fair share of blood and brains. If you political you'll enjoy the postulating of the candidate and following the way zombies have changed politics. If you like a mystery (or journalism) you'll want to uncover the truth.
Some people thought this book started slow. Maybe it did but I didn't really noticed. I was enamored from the beginning, fascinated by how the zombie outbreak had changed journalism, then later got caught up in the political campaign. So that's my warning: even with a slow beginning the book is worth it. It's daring, different and I completely loved it.(less)