The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King is one of the best YA books I have read in a while. Of course, take into consideration that I'm an adult, and this bThe Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King is one of the best YA books I have read in a while. Of course, take into consideration that I'm an adult, and this book is very much written for more mature teens...so maybe that's why.
First of all, I love the format of the book. We are following two stories simultaneously (Emer and Saffron), while also getting a glimpse into the many lives that Emer spent as dogs. I know this sounds crazy, but I don't want to give too much away, so just trust me when I say that it will make sense when you read it. :D Also, about halfway throught he book we are introduced to the story of a few other male characters...it takes a while for their plot line to cross Emer/Saffrons, but when it does, its pretty cool and really ties the story together bringing it to a very neat end.
Second, the writing is very good. Generally, I'm not much of a fan of pirates and historical stuff in general. This story though, is very endearing and does a great job of painting the historical backdrop, but not getting to caught up in the details. Instead, we are mainly focused on Emer during these times and the problems that she is encountering. The way King has written it, any teenage (or adult who's willing to remember) girl (or boy) can relate and empathize.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good adventure read, who also enjoys strong female characters. The only warning I would leave you with, is that there is a good amount of sexuality addressed in this book. It is by no means graphic, but the main character does find herself struggling with losing her virginity and then later having sex regularly with her lover. Also, there is one character who struggles with his "potential" homosexuality. That being said, I don't think that a parent should dissuade their teen from reading this book. I think we should give credit to teens for knowing more about life that we like to admit, and allow them to make the decision of whether or not they are comfortable reading such material. ...more
Ok, so this is my second time writing this because I was having 'saving' issues before. So, needless to say, I'm feeling even less inclined to have taOk, so this is my second time writing this because I was having 'saving' issues before. So, needless to say, I'm feeling even less inclined to have tact than before. So, here go my thoughts about this book and the series so far in general.
It's a great storyline. The action is good. The Casts' are great at doing cliffhangers and all that, but darn it if those characters aren't irritating as all hell! I mean really...Zoey is as dumb as an ox sometimes (that may be insulting to Ox's, I'm not sure...), and definitely irritating. Talk about making stupid decisions and making her life difficult with all the man-hoeing she's doing.
But here's the deal...since this is YA lit, I guess that's what I would want to read as a teen because I guess I was acting the same way and having the same drama issues. So, could it be that the Casts' are really geniuses? (sigh). I don't know. I'm starting to think that maybe the reader is just sucky. I hate to put the blame in any one place, because that just feels mean...but something is irritating me about this book. So much so that I almost don't want to read any more. I said almost though...;)
This series reminds me of the Wolfsbane series by Cremer...I have similar complaints about her writing. I find it over simplistic and insulting to the reader...I'm not sure that's the same issue here...but it's got to be close. Otherwise, I wouldn't be so pissed the entire time I'm reading...
(Shoulder shrugs...) I'm going to physically read the next one and see if that alleviates some of my issues. And we'll see how I feel about the plot and the characters when I have control of their voices and context.
I didn't like this one as much as the first book. But it was a fast read, and i will probably slowly make my way throught ret of the series. Not my faI didn't like this one as much as the first book. But it was a fast read, and i will probably slowly make my way throught ret of the series. Not my favorite series, but palatable. ...more
A solid read about Faeries and Avalon (a place in Europe where the world and Faerie connect). Dana is a halfblood faerie who decides to run away fromA solid read about Faeries and Avalon (a place in Europe where the world and Faerie connect). Dana is a halfblood faerie who decides to run away from home to find her father who is a powerful faerie in Avalon. But even though dana is trying to escaper her alcoholic mother, she is unable to escape the complications of her life. As soon as she steps foot in Avalon she learns that because she is a Faeriewalker, she is a powerful ally/enemy of many powerful political faeries.
While this read wasn't my favorite fae novel, it was solid. It doesn't spend as much time as it could with the background of faeries mainly because it is also trying to be a novel about a girl struggling with her alcohol addicted mother. Kinda weird, but ok. I was getting bored until about halfway through she meets Keane (a badboy who plays by his own rules.. lol). This was my favorite part. I'm hoping that the next novel explores this romance, as it feels much more charged than the one between Dana and Ethan. ...more
Wow. This was a really good read. I felt like it a was a bit slow in the beginning. But it turned out to be a wonderful young adult romance. I cried sWow. This was a really good read. I felt like it a was a bit slow in the beginning. But it turned out to be a wonderful young adult romance. I cried several times and was dying inside right up until the very end. And now I'm dying to read the second book so I know why what happened, happened. Make sense?
Stiefvater is one of the better YA writers that I've read in a while...lyrical and tragic...this is a book that gets you in its grip and doesn't let go till the end. I read some people's review...and one parent complained about some sexuality between the teens...but I felt it was tasteful and realistic. Honestly, the kids were 17 and 18. And if a younger teen is reading it and they aren't sexually active, I don't think it was written in such a way that it would really stand out. My point, I was seriously psyched that they shared their first time together. (cry, cry). :) ...more
I loved this book! Or shall I say, "I love thee!" **Swoon** Wondrous Strange is a wonderful blend of faerie lore and shakespeare (which, if you know mI loved this book! Or shall I say, "I love thee!" **Swoon** Wondrous Strange is a wonderful blend of faerie lore and shakespeare (which, if you know me, is not something I usually enjoy...), and of course, a good dose of romance. There is something about the way that Livingston blended the two together that really just got me. So far Melissa Marr's Faerie series Wicked Lovely has always been my hands down favorite...but this series just might give her some stiff competition!!
As the story begins, we meet Kelley, a struggling actress who is playing the faerie Queen in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespear in nonother than a good ole New York City play. Kelley doesn't believe in real faeries unless you are talking about the kind that spout Shakespear. :)
Sonney, the handsome 'changling' love interest is human, but has been raised by the 'real deal' in Faerie. Most Changlings (human babies stolen out of their cribs at birth) remain in Faerie for their lives, with the exception of a few who serve as the Unseelie King's (those of you who have read any Faerie books know there are two types of Faerie--Seelie and Unseelie) "henchmen"...so to speak. Their job is to fight off any rouge faeries who attempt to cross the border from Faerie into the human world. Why you ask? Because some years ago the Unseelie Kings daughter was stolen out of Faerie from a human women...ahhh, justice is served eh? Well, he King go mad and closed the 'gates' so to speak.
I'm not going to go any further because that would give away much of the plot, but needless to say, that Kelley and Sonny's life become 'intimately' intertwined...and not just in the lovey dovey sense. Let's just say, I'd be Sonny's 'firecracker' anyday! lol. jk. You'll just have to read it to find out what happens!!! As for me, I'm catching up to book 2 this week hopefully. Then, book 3 is out soon I think! Woot!!...more
UPDATE: I've re-read this book because I used it as a book club book for my Juvie boys. They REALLY liked it. Specifically, how fast paced it was. TheUPDATE: I've re-read this book because I used it as a book club book for my Juvie boys. They REALLY liked it. Specifically, how fast paced it was. They seemed to identify with the character's need to prove he is a good person and to fight against the 'chains' that hold him back. I was impressed with the insight that the boys found in this book...I had expected them to be all about the plot and not about what the different relationships were about and they effected Charlie. As usual, I was surprised and impressed with their abilities to analyze the book. :)
It was too long ago now for me to remember details to make a good review, but all I know is that I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It was packed with action and suspense from the first page to the last. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to boys who may be reluctant readers. :)...more
**spoiler alert** This is another book that I never got around to finishing...so maybe I will do that someday. I didn't quit it because I didn't like**spoiler alert** This is another book that I never got around to finishing...so maybe I will do that someday. I didn't quit it because I didn't like it, but because I had SO many other things to read that this ended up on the "later" pile for WAY too long. So, instead of completely abandoning the time I already put into it...I'm reviewing what I have read for my own benefit...and maybe it could help others?? Who knows.
Based on what I got through, I'm tagging this as a good book for boys since the main character is a teengaged boy. He is a popular boy who is desperate for his father's attention and acceptance...and after the "change" he incurs shortly into the book, becomes misunderstood by all, but especially by his father. The main character seeks solice in an online help group for those with similar "afflictions" and I assume this turns into a 'coming of age' story as he finds himself and true love and is eventually turned into a 'real boy' once more.
Now, as I've said before, I didn't finish this book so I don't KNOW that thats how it ends...but since its an award winner i'm assuming it has a happy ending. :D...more
Very good read. I listened to this one on audio--the reader was really great. I was pretty frustrated with Lana for the first 1/3 of the book and I thVery good read. I listened to this one on audio--the reader was really great. I was pretty frustrated with Lana for the first 1/3 of the book and I thought that her turnaround happened pretty quick and without much actually happening between her and Alex to result in such a passionate love affair...but, who really cares? I guess based on her history, her mother, etc, maybe we are to believe that she was bound to experience those feeelings easily and didn't need much encouragement to jump "all in" so to speak.
Basically though, this is a love story...and sort of a sappy one at that...especially given my comment above. BUT, I thought the writing was very well done, the concept, while not really original, was at least an interesting twist on the ever popular dystopian theme. The use of qoutes (both real and created) in the beginnings of the chapters were awesome. I looked forward to them constantly. With those qoutes and excerpts as tools, Oliver did a really good job of constructing this universe. I liked that she didn't just ask us to believe that all of the sudden the government started giving people labotomies and we took it lying down. I enjoyed the history of "The Disease" and all the fake propaganda. For example, one of my favorite parts were the ways this new culture decided to explain various Bible stories. Since we all know that Histor books are frequently wrong and are often bias and in favor of the victor, these passages were both ironic and disturbing. After all, in many ways we do the same things in todays world that these crazy people do!
Ok, so on to discussing where this series will go... (SPOILER ALERT..kind of...)
I've noticed that this is going to be a series, so I'm curious how Oliver will proceed...will Lana and Alex's love affair somehow continue? Or will their be new characters? Will it pick up again with little Gracie when she's older? I'm hoping there will be some sort of twist and somehow Alex will survive and Lana can save him...I'm assuming that's the route Oliver will go. Plus there's all that uncharted territory with Lana's mother and the Wilds...Either way, i'll definitely pick up the next one!
This was not a book I read fully...I just sort of browsed it...so take my feelings with a grain of salt. :) what I can tell thought is, that this bookThis was not a book I read fully...I just sort of browsed it...so take my feelings with a grain of salt. :) what I can tell thought is, that this book would do well as a recommend for someone who likes realistic fiction or problem books. Also, might do well for a reluctant reader, or boys who aren't into reading...mainly because its a small book that reads fast.
Also, I feel like I need to let everyone know that I didn't quit reading it because I didn't like it...but more because I just had other things that I needed to get through and this had be a low priority for a long time. So, instead, I browsed it so I could tag it. This way it will at least be on my radar when doing reader's advisory. :)...more
Well, I pretty much skimmed through the last half of the book. And it's not that I didn't like the book, cause I did give it 4 stars, its just that IWell, I pretty much skimmed through the last half of the book. And it's not that I didn't like the book, cause I did give it 4 stars, its just that I was impatiant to start other books and this one just didn't grab me enough. The reason why I rated it so high though, is because I want to read the next in the series. It's one of those series where you want to know what happens next, but don't necessarily want to invest in reading every word. So, take that as you will. ;) ...more
I really wish that Goodreads would invest in half stars...cause if so, I would totally rate this 4.5. So, here's the deal....without giving away too mI really wish that Goodreads would invest in half stars...cause if so, I would totally rate this 4.5. So, here's the deal....without giving away too much detail...here is my little review:
This is a story of Mary, a totally cool teenage girl who has everything (at least, on a social level). Mary's home life, however, is not as great. But who cares?? Because Mary and her friends just drown themeselves in partying, buying cool clothes, and just generally doing whatever they please, whenever they want.
We join Mary on the morning of her 17th Birthday when she wakes up naked in a Crofts and Barrow window display for all Manhatten-ites to see. The next half the book is Mary going through the events of the rest of the day. What's cool about this is that Mary turns out to be what I think is called an "unreliable narrator." Lots of weird things have happened and continue to happen, and Mary doesn't seem to remember how any of it fits together. The gaps in her knowledge are frusterating to say the least.
The second half of the book is Mary discovering the missing pieces of her puzzle through the eyes of her friends. I won't give any more detail so I don't ruin anything for anyone...but overall the writing is good and it was a very interesting read....I stayed up all night reading it, after all!! Even if I didn't like the ending. :)...more