There's really going to be a true sequel, right? Because even after finishing Another Day, the ending still leaves me with questions and is open enougThere's really going to be a true sequel, right? Because even after finishing Another Day, the ending still leaves me with questions and is open enough for more.
Another Day is good, but Rhiannon's perspective didn't wow me as much A's did in Every Day....more
I read a review that compared Thin Space to Through to You by Emily Hainsworth, which I didn’t really like, sFlash Review originally posted on YA Love
I read a review that compared Thin Space to Through to You by Emily Hainsworth, which I didn’t really like, so I was hesitant to read this. I ended up really liking Jody Casella’s debut novel. The comparisonn to Through to You is a good one since both books deal with grief and loss, but the execution and story is so much better in Thin Space. I was completely absorbed in Marsh’s story. For a large part of the book I wondered if a Thin Space was some kind of coping mechanism or if it would turn out to be an actual place. I’ll let you find out when you read it! There’s a great twist in the story and wonderful character development. I understood Marsh and his profound grief. This is an excellent book that I know my students will love. Better yet, it released in paperback so it’s easy on the wallet!...more
Audio Review: At first the audio sounded a little robotic and canny, but after a short while I didn’t notice that aReview originally posted at YA Love
Audio Review: At first the audio sounded a little robotic and canny, but after a short while I didn’t notice that anymore. I ended up enjoying Josephine Bailey as the narrator, but I did think she sounded a little old to be acting as the voice of a sixteen year old girl. Listening to Libba Bray’s beautiful writing out loud was quite a treat, however.
Book Review: A while back I posted about reading gaps and trying to read more historical fiction, which is one reason why I chose to read A Great and Terrible Beauty. I like that this is historical fiction with a supernatural twist because it opens up the audience a little bit when I make book recommendations to my students. I also decided to read this because I’ve only read The Diviners by Libba Bray and one of my good friends was reading and really enjoying it.
For the most part I liked A Great and Terrible Beauty. I like Gemma’s character, I like the setting, and I like the plot. But my feelings don’t stretch much beyond like.
This is the beginning of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, so I understand the amount of plot development taking place, but the story didn’t move fast enough. There wasn’t enough happening to really keep me interested in the story. The spiritual world is interesting, but too much time was spent building it up instead of getting into the dangers and the “what’s really going on” part of the story.
Like I said, I like Gemma’s character. The other girls, however, aren’t developed enough. The girls fall into the overdone roles of dull and boring, power hungry, beautiful and misunderstood, etc. I wanted more from these girls. Considering that A Great and Terrible Beauty is written in third person, I thought I would have known them more. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
I noticed these two issues when I read The Diviners. I really like the story and the setting for that book, but again, I finished without knowing the characters well enough and the story was all over the place. I’m afraid to give up on Libba Bray, but I’m starting to think maybe she isn’t an author for me. Her writing is beautiful and vivid, and I know plenty of people who love her stories, but maybe I’m simply not her intended audience....more
This is definitely not my favorite book in the trilogy. I'm giving it four stars though because I enjoyed the trilogy as a whole. I still have too manThis is definitely not my favorite book in the trilogy. I'm giving it four stars though because I enjoyed the trilogy as a whole. I still have too many questions after reading nearly 500 pages....more