Brighton is desperate to achieve 100% participation for her school in volunteer activities in order to get her name on the wall ne The Little Bookworm
Brighton is desperate to achieve 100% participation for her school in volunteer activities in order to get her name on the wall next to her late father's. Jonah is unwilling to get involved in anything in his new town, instead driving to his old one every weekend where he tries to pretend everything is exactly the same. But 24 hours together can change many things and Brighton and Jonah are about to discover more about each other and themselves then they ever thought.
I read this before last year ended but saved the review for closer publication. It was absolutely one of the best books I've read in a long time and it didn't take me long at all to finish it. I stayed up til 1 a.m. one night because I simply could not put it down. It is pretty different than Tiffany's first book but that's not a bad thing. It just proves how talented a writer Tiffany is.
I loved Brighton and how her perfect facade slowly disintegrates as the night wears on and how Jacob's tough guy attitude changes too. It goes to show that you really never know what is going on in someone else's head and that Jacob completely misjudges Brighton because of her perky girl can do attitude. I am also a sucker for one night stories. There is something that happens to people in the wee hours that feels crazy and magical and I think this book captured that feeling in all the right ways. It was a great read. ...more
An excellent finish to a great series! I am going to miss the adventures of Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Butler and all the other great characters in thAn excellent finish to a great series! I am going to miss the adventures of Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Butler and all the other great characters in this series. ...more
A plane full of beauty queens crash onto a island where a corporation has set up shop in a volcano in order to do an arms deFrom The Little Bookworm
A plane full of beauty queens crash onto a island where a corporation has set up shop in a volcano in order to do an arms deal with a crazy dictator.
I've been sitting on this review for a while now because I am not entirely sure where to begin with this book. It's a commentary of how women are treated in society. It's a satire on beauty pageants. It's a Survivor meets Lord of the Flies (with girls) meets Miss Teen USA. It's mostly just like nothing else. Libba Bray is the Tom Robbins of Young Adult fiction.
To say I loved it is an understatement. It is a truly enjoyable book that gave me a lot of food for thought. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters and the treatment of the various issues that arose from transgender to race, nothing was off topic. Each girl's character was explored thoroughly and most if not all displayed tremendous character growth.
It was a fun book too. I loved the Captains Bodacious, the reality TV pirates. I loved the crazy dictator who is love with the former beauty queen turned presential hopeful and who loves Elvis and carried a stuffed lemur named General Goodtimes. I love the play on the standard shipwrecked trope mixed with the evil corporation mixed with the villian's lair being located in a volcano. I loved the footnotes and the commercial breaks and the running commentary interspersed through the book. It is a different kind of book but not one to be missed....more
I pick this up on the recommendation of Twitter who said it was an amazing book. So because I love fairy tales and twisted retellings, I bought it. ItI pick this up on the recommendation of Twitter who said it was an amazing book. So because I love fairy tales and twisted retellings, I bought it. It was okay. I was frustrated with Mira. I wanted her to see more than she was allowed. I know that her ignorance of fairy tales can be explained by her godmothers' banishment of any of that kind from her house but it frustrated me nonetheless. I was also frustrated by Blue who was obviously going to become the love interest. His character was so alarming in the beginning and yet he just kept showing up. But in the end he won me over.
I liked the dark tone set by the fairy tales. It is pointed out many times that fairy tales don't always have a happy ending for everyone involved and they can be quite violent. And this makes for a fairly interesting story for Mira. I think some of the actions are a little gross though given the fact that she is only 15. The story seems to lose sight of that on occasion. So it was a decent read especially if you love fractured fairy tales. It just wasn't the most engrossing one I have read.
The Little Bookworm What if Buffy was only Buffy every other day? That's pretty much the premise behind this book. But it's pretty awesome. Kali is kicThe Little Bookworm What if Buffy was only Buffy every other day? That's pretty much the premise behind this book. But it's pretty awesome. Kali is kick ass on some days and on the others she is an ordinary human. She doesn't know why but on her hunter days she is compelled to seek out the things that go bump in the night and kill them. But it's one on of her ordinary days that she finds that a classmate is infected with a chupacabra, a virus-like organization that sucks the blood out of people and erases their memories. Figuring that she can kill it on her hunter day, Kali takes it into her body only needing survive the chupacabra's draining until the next sundown. But she finds that it's presence changes her in ways she could not predict. Aided by some new friends, including a sort-of psychic, her older brother and his girlfriend, the girl who originally hosted the chupacabra, Kali begins to seek out the truth behind her origins.
I am a huge Buffy fan. And I love the idea that superhero is only a superhero some of the time. It makes the hero(ine) much more interesting. I was surprised by the direction that this book ultimately takes, but surprised in a good way. Kali legitimately has a reason to complain because basically her life changes from day to day without her control. And she wants to know if she is alone or if there are others like her. But she and her dad have a frosty relationship so she can't ask him and tip him off. The answer actually comes from a surprising source and I love that. Kali is a great character whether she is the hunter or not and she is very much a teenager despite her unusual nature. This is a fun read, not too gory or over the top, but just right with a unique concept. ...more
The Little Bookworm While I found this book to be a quick read, it reads like a checklist of an action-adventure/science-fiction movie. Plucky heroine?The Little Bookworm While I found this book to be a quick read, it reads like a checklist of an action-adventure/science-fiction movie. Plucky heroine? Check. Brooding guy with a dark secret? Check. Evil organization with an agenda? Check. But despite the cliches involved, it is a fun book and an easy read. I wasn't a huge fan of Deznee throughout the book. She rubbed me the wrong way and I kept wondering what it was about her that made all the boys fall over themselves. Because she is, frankly, fairly abrasive. And Kale is so blank. There is very little to his character except to growl menacingly at anyone who threatens his woman and to become fascinated at everything about Dez or the world in general. A little more character development would not have been amiss for anyone in this book.
The action never stalled though and that was good. Because really this is an action based book. Dez moves from scenario to scenario trying to figure out how to save Kale and her mom from Denezen and how to deal with her bad guy dad. She does a great job figuring out what to do next. And she really does kick ass in her own right. The book ends with a typical cliffhanger and while I enjoyed reading it, I doubt I will continue on with the series. ...more
The Little Bookworm The sequel to Birthmarked finds Gaia struggling to save her baby sister as she tries to reach her grandmother. But when she is rescThe Little Bookworm The sequel to Birthmarked finds Gaia struggling to save her baby sister as she tries to reach her grandmother. But when she is rescued by a stranger and taken to the town her grandmother use to run, Gaia finds the rules of that society are also constricting. The number of men far outweigh the number of women and so the women hold all the power. But power can be corrupting and the men are getting tired of being the underdogs. Gaia finds unfairness at each turn along with someone from her past who provides another source of conflict for her.
While there is no such thing as a perfect society, it seems that all Gaia can find is dysfunctional ones. This time she moves to one where the rules seems unfair to her and, frankly, chaffed me as well. The Matrarc of the town immediately takes away her baby sister and her freedom. And it left me angry at how quickly Gaia or any stranger is treated like a criminal simply for being from somewhere else. The action moved pretty quickly even as Gaia is kept locked up. But the romance angle felt like it was too much and it was a little unnecessary. I am curious to see what happens next with Gaia and her tendency to overthrow dystopias. This series is turning out to be a real page turner. ...more
3.5 stars The Little Bookworm When the supervolcano at Yellowstone erupts during his first weekend home alone, 16 year old Alex finds himself on a journ3.5 stars The Little Bookworm When the supervolcano at Yellowstone erupts during his first weekend home alone, 16 year old Alex finds himself on a journey across ash covered land and extreme weather changes trying to get to his family.
At first when I started this book I felt it was going to be a retread of Life As We Know It, but I was happy to find out as I read on that it was different. Sure both books are about an event that causes extreme changes in the climate and changes society but LAWKI was more of a isolated book. Ashfall explores the world as it has changed. Alex is trying to get to Illinois where his parents went for the weekend. What is a three hour car ride takes him more than a few months. Along the way he has a lot of encounters with both nice people and cruel, vicious people. And there are some really horrific things happening in this lawless state. The most horrific happens off page but still just hearing about it was enough. It's all sort of pre-Mad Max.
Alex was a typical enough teenager and I liked his personality growth. He changed from normal teenage boy to a survivalist. I liked his relationship with Darla. I was glad that it didn't turn too mushy but instead maintained that balance between needing each other and still being their own persons. Alex is, in a way, more caring than Darla and she is definitely the tougher one. But it worked out okay for them. Everyone else is more anecdotal than fleshed out, but given the nature of the book that definitely fits. ...more
The Little Bookworm Kayla and Mishalla are GENS (Genetically Engineered Non-humans), people made from human and animal DNA to be slaves for the high clThe Little Bookworm Kayla and Mishalla are GENS (Genetically Engineered Non-humans), people made from human and animal DNA to be slaves for the high class trueborns. When each receives their Assignments on their 15th year, they find themselves involved with something more involving the children Mishalla is assigned to care for and the trueborn family Kayla works for.
I can honestly compare this favorably with the few Octavia Butler books I've read. And that is high praise indeed. While Tankborn seemed a bit heavy-handed sometimes with the genetically engineered slave concept, it was still a really enjoyable read and pretty thought-provoking. Kayla and Mishalla are ready made sympathetic characters and it is easy to care for them and their plight. The castes system in the book was a little confusing to me with the trueborns, lowborns and GENS and all the classifications in the middle. But really it was important to establish who everyone was and how they all fit together. Like I said, I really liked Kayla and Mishalla and their romantic interests were pretty likeable too. I liked seeing the growth of Devak, the grandson of Kayla's Assignment. The conspiracy of the plot was fairly surprising and actually a little horrifying as I become invested in all the characters. There were a few subplots that were not addressed and so I wonder if they are planning a sequel. ...more
The Little Bookworm Pearl is a fun-loving, blood-drinking sixteen year old bad girl vampire. That is until she is stabbed by a unicorn. Sudden3.5 stars
The Little Bookworm Pearl is a fun-loving, blood-drinking sixteen year old bad girl vampire. That is until she is stabbed by a unicorn. Suddenly she is a different kind of vampire, one who can walk in the sunlight and has a reflection. But she is also turning into a different kind of girl, much to her family's displeasure. Now they have given her the task of luring a large meal to the Fealty Ceremony and, for Pearl, that means going to high school.
I loved Pearl in a weird way. I love that she was so badass and so out to prove herself and that doesn't change even after the unicorn incident. I love that it was a unicorn of all things that stabbed her. So random and fun. But I loved Pearl's gradual transformation the best and the fact that she went to the library of all places as soon as she could walk in the sunlight. Her fascination with daylight was almost touching. It's something everyone just takes for granted but as a vampire she had no experience with it. Pearl was awesome, even in high school. She was just the coolest. And Evan, the boy, was super sweet and I liked him too. It is a romance-light book which works for the story being told.
The story was really fun and I liked this book. The vampires and the unicorns, it's a weird combination but it works in this book. I did have a little laugh at the Vampire King of New England because I mean, come on, what kind of title is that? But the world was built nicely and everything made sense and there were some good light hearted laugh out loud moments in the midst of Pearl's identity crisis. And prom, of course. ...more
The Little Bookworm Emily and Chase have each done something bad. Em hooked up with her best friend's boyfriend while Chase's idea of revenge got a litThe Little Bookworm Emily and Chase have each done something bad. Em hooked up with her best friend's boyfriend while Chase's idea of revenge got a little out of hand. When three beautiful and mysterious girls turn up in their town and begin manipulating Em and Chase, they are in real trouble. Sometimes sorry isn't enough and someone has to pay.
Jeez, this was a creepy story. There was one part I read right before going to bed and I regretted it. It reminded me of Final Destination in a way. Because in those movies if you escape death it will come for you until it gets you. The Furies' determination to make Emily and Chase pay is relentless. And the thing is that both Emily and Chase did something that was terrible but I don't think it was quite up to what happened to them. Maybe it was and I just felt sorry for them. I don't know. This was a riveting book and I almost couldn't put it down. The writing wasn't as polished as some of the books I've read lately but the story was good and made up for some of the clunkier writing. It is apparently a trilogy so it will be interesting to see where Miles takes the rest of the story....more
I read this book over a year ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a rich and complex story of two sisters who love it each but with the oldeI read this book over a year ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a rich and complex story of two sisters who love it each but with the older sister, Ruby, needing the younger, Chloe, to love her the most. But something mysterious is happening in the town and at the heart of it is Ruby. Chloe seeks to find out the both the secret of the town and the secret of her sister. I adore this book and I'm thinking of rereading it soon....more
The Little Bookworm Alison wakes up in a mental institution with no memory of how she got there. As she begins to remember what happened, she also remeThe Little Bookworm Alison wakes up in a mental institution with no memory of how she got there. As she begins to remember what happened, she also remembers confessing to killing a classmate. But how she remembers that event doesn't make any sense because people just don't disintegrate. Do they? As Alison struggles to make sense of that event, she always begins unraveling the mysteries of her own mind and her special abilities. So this was different. It starts Girl, Interrupted and then sharply detours into science fiction. Alison wakes up in the psych ward of a hospital covered in scratches and bruises with no memory of what happened. She is then moved to a mental health institution for young adults to recover and maybe tell what happened to her classmate, Tori, who disappeared the same day that Alison went crazy. The description of Pine Hills, the place that Alison goes, is really well written and very realistic. I could picture the place in my mind perfectly and it had a nice mix of patients that really illustrated the story the author was trying to tell.
Another aspect of Alison's story is her synesthesia. I've read a few books about this condition before and was interested to see it employed in this book. I liked how it was made integral part of the story but was not the point of the story. Alison didn't even realize that her extrasensory abilities had a name until part way through the story. It gave the story some interesting depth and played nicely into the climax of the story....more
The Little Bookworm Helen has grown up on Nantucket surrounded by the same old people and the water. When a mysterious new family moves onto the islandThe Little Bookworm Helen has grown up on Nantucket surrounded by the same old people and the water. When a mysterious new family moves onto the island, she begins to understand all the things that have made her different her whole life and learns who she really is.
I badly want to paint this book with the Twilight brush. I mean, Starcrossed involves a good girl feeling a pull to a boy to a mysterious new boy, a large family that moves into the area and keeps to themselves, the inability for anyone to answer a simple question, a girl who is better at being superhuman than the boy, and a large evil family bent on the destruction and/or assimilation of the smaller good family. And all of that sounds really familiar. And I tried to fight the ongoing comparisons in my head as I was read, but it was all there. It was still a really good book and a compelling book with plenty to offer on its own.
This time we are involving not vampires, but Greek gods and the Trojan War. It seems that the Fates want the descendants of the participants in that war to repeat the cycle. And Helen and one of the Delos boys, Lucas, are drawn to each other. At first out of instant violent hate and then later as something else, dooming them to repeat the cycle as well. I liked both Helen and Lucas and I thought their role together was very sweet and I really wanted them to get together. I couldn't figure out how that was going to work since they wanted to kill each other at first. But work out it did. Although so many things stood/stand in their way, I don't know how the whole thing is going to get resolved. Helen's best friend, Claire, is made of awesome sauce. Seriously she is truly one great friend and I was glad to see her stick with her friend through the whole book.
There are a lot of subplots going on: Helen figuring out who she is, the Delos family, women attacking Helen, her missing mother, the romance, dealing with the Furies, and Helen's superpowers to start. It is mostly wrapped up so I'm hoping the next book has a tighter plot. The action is fast past and it moves right along. I was glad of that because at nearly 500 pages, this book could have been a monster to read. As it was I could barely put it down. The writing is pretty straightforward and a little less telling and more showing might be a good idea. It's written in the third person so the reader gets a bigger picture of the action and little more of other characters besides Helen. ...more
I love time travel and so this book was right up my alley. The idea of a person being able to time travel on their own is pretty awesome. Gwyneth is nI love time travel and so this book was right up my alley. The idea of a person being able to time travel on their own is pretty awesome. Gwyneth is not expected to be the time travel in the family because of a deception on her mother's part so she is unprepared when it happens to her. I think her reactions are pretty spot-on for having no idea what to do when she lands in a different time period. Gwen is a pretty cool girl and I was cheering for her from the beginning. I didn't like how most of the adults and her cousin treated her and, even though Gideon is the love interest, he rubbed me wrong at first too. But Gwen actually has some backbone and does her best in every situation. I was really hoping that the other two books had been translated from German into English already but the next book, Sapphire Blue, doesn't come out till the spring of next year. Sadness. I can't wait to read more about Gwen and Gideon and their mission and see if Gwen will finally tell everyone how she can see ghosts. Love this book doubly since it reminded me (for some reason) of Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, one of my favorite time travel books. The Little Bookworm...more
The Little Bookworm Brooke follow Scott Abrams, the boy she has been crushing on for two year, to New York after he moves there.
Plot: It was very FeliThe Little Bookworm Brooke follow Scott Abrams, the boy she has been crushing on for two year, to New York after he moves there.
Plot: It was very Felicity except in high school. I didn't really like that show, or well, I lost interest in it. But this book was alright. There were some loose ends that I wish had been cleared up mostly the subplot involving her dad. It's like all this anger she had and dropped on him and they never discussed it? I don't know. I wish it had been mentioned again.
Characters: Brooke made me want to shake her. She was very frustrating with her faux rebellion against the system and her anger/trust issues which seemed really deep. She kept saying how this and that was another example of how people let you down, but I didn't really get the impression that many people had let her down. Just her dad. Sadie, the girl she meets in New York, was a sweet character and I liked that Brooke helped her. It was a good example of character growth, something Brooke desperately needed. Scott was a little bland. I think he was intended as the kind of character a reader could mold into the perfect guy. He certainly wasn't worth moving to New York for, but he wasn't a bad guy. And John was very sweet and a good foil for Brooke's cynicism. I'm glad that the book didn't get too lovely-dovey and I liked that the relationships were a bit ambiguous at the end. It's nice not to see a character jumped from romance to romance.
Overall: I liked it overall. It was a good fun story despite the fact that Brooke was not my favorite character. I'd say it is a good quick beach read....more
The Little Bookworm This was a fun book. At first I thought it was going to paranormal for some reason, but then it ended up being a mystery which is eThe Little Bookworm This was a fun book. At first I thought it was going to paranormal for some reason, but then it ended up being a mystery which is even better! Agnes is definitely a different sort of girl. Not content with doing only girl appropriate things, she has learned 10 languages and is fairly genius. But this doesn't stop her family from trying to get her settled into a nice marriage, something Agnes is not set on entirely. Then at an unwrapping party (a party where the guests unwrapped a mummy and find treasures hidden in the cloth (yes a real mummy)), Agnes finds a metal disc with a jackal's head on it and she ends up keeping it instead of returning it. This one action leads her into the kind of adventure that she has dreamed of. I enjoyed the fact that Agnes was so smart and that she wants to defy convention. I liked how her relationship with Caedmon plays out and how they are more equals than anything.
The Egyptian mystery was also interesting, involving mummies and the Rosetta Stone as well as Napoleon as the action of this story takes place after he escapes from Elba. I got a real sense of the time period and how people in England thought at that time as well as a really fun adventure mystery....more
From The Little Bookworm Kami has lived her whole life with a boy inside her head. But when that boy turns out to be real and one of the dreaded LynburFrom The Little Bookworm Kami has lived her whole life with a boy inside her head. But when that boy turns out to be real and one of the dreaded Lynburns, a family whose mysterious hold over the town causes fear and silence, Kami's perceptions of her life and her town are turned upside down. With her nap loving friend Angela and the other Lynburn, tall, polite Ash, Kami sets out to find out why the Lynburns are so feared in Sorry-in-the-Vale.
It's been a while since I've read a book that I haven't wanted to put down. For a long time now, I've lazily been reading books. Usually I ripped through books quickly taking a couple of days, sometimes a week but not much more. But not lately which is why I have been so quiet on this blog. But Unspoken was not a book to be put down. It pretty much demanded that I read it right now. And I am so glad it did. This is one of the funnies, smartest, and most engrossing book I've come across in a while. I loved it. While I didn't find what the Lynburns are to be that surprising, sometimes it is less about how original an idea is and more about how well it is executed. I did love the element that Kami and Jared are telepathically linked and how that came about. I loved the ending even though it broke my heart a little. I loved how funny this was. True story: I was reading this during a reference desk shift and started laughing out loud. Probably not my most professional moment but it could not be helped. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. ...more