Not nearly as scandalous as the blurb implied. Voigt has a good grasp on character, but her characters speak and act more like twenty-year-olds in theNot nearly as scandalous as the blurb implied. Voigt has a good grasp on character, but her characters speak and act more like twenty-year-olds in the 1950s than twelve-year-olds in the 1990s. Too many side stories meant the story dragged along in some areas. The depth of the relationships would have gone straight over the target audiences heads....more
I knew from the get-go that this book wasn't going to be of high literary quality. What I didn't expect was that it would be so cliche and predictableI knew from the get-go that this book wasn't going to be of high literary quality. What I didn't expect was that it would be so cliche and predictable that it almost hurt to read. I'm not a great Kate Brian fan, but having read her previous novel (The Virginity Club) and having heard some praise of her Private series, I expected something a little more interesting and less brain drivel.
A very easy but delightful read. What I enjoyed most about this book was the realism of the downward spiral of the UK and the narrator's London hometoA very easy but delightful read. What I enjoyed most about this book was the realism of the downward spiral of the UK and the narrator's London hometown. I enjoyed reading of the outside world's impression of the UK's drastic move in carbon rationing, and just how the system worked. I would have liked a more in depth look at the carbon cards and what was worth what. Of course, in a book aimed at teens, the story can't be dragged down in details.
The story seemed to slow down after the Brown family went into the wilderness for the camp, and that seemed a little too left field for the story. Furthermore, Laura's boy worries seemed a little odd after other major events- such as her birthday- are passed by and she doesn't notice. The rest of the story makes up for it, though.
Overall, a very enjoyable book that hits hard in today's environmental crisis. Lloyd could have taken this novel one step further and lessened some of the romantic subplots, but other than fault, a highly recommended book....more
Despite a simplicistic writing style that let the book down, Westerfeld's novel about a dystopian future of surgically altered humanity is an interestDespite a simplicistic writing style that let the book down, Westerfeld's novel about a dystopian future of surgically altered humanity is an interesting take on society. Although I don't find this a likely turn for the world, it is a better take on the typical running-the-world-into-destruction futuristic sci-fi novels.
The end of the novel reminds me a bit of Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Just how much does Tally want her fate, and is she truly getting what she wants? She claims to be reluctant about doing it, but is that really how she feels? I also like Shay's transformation, as well as the vaguely homosexual relationship between the two female friends.
Scott Westerfeld shares a similar writing style with his wife, Justine Larbalestier, and it is interesting to compare the two. I enjoy both authors, and their take on other societies. Currently I prefer Westerfeld, though, as I prefer his genre. I look forward to reading the other three, and to see thee rest of Tally's adventures....more
This is probably one of the few Francesca Lia Block books that I didn't have a mind-bending issue with after reading it for the first time. It still hThis is probably one of the few Francesca Lia Block books that I didn't have a mind-bending issue with after reading it for the first time. It still has that distinctive Block touch about it, and it definitely has that majestic, mystical, faerie-magic tint all over it, but it flows in a chronological order and it's easy to follow.
These stories, like most of Block's short stories, flow into each other. They're all linked, except the finale, which I felt was the low point of the series. I liked wondering how the next story was going to link in with the rest, how it was going to relate. So when the final short story didn't fit in at all, I was let down.
Still, this is a beautiful book, and perhaps one of my top ranking FLB books....more
Well, the truth about Emma is that I don't like her very much. She's manipulative, a little naive, despite the fact she won't admThe truth about Emma?
Well, the truth about Emma is that I don't like her very much. She's manipulative, a little naive, despite the fact she won't admit it, and she's spoilt. I couldn't like her. I wanted to, I really did, but she came off as being presumptuous and acts as though she's more mature than she really is. And the worst thing is, the narrator knows this and it's pointed out to him on numerous occasions, but he stills lets himself get won over.
I was hoping this book would be set when all this was taking place, or perhaps even over a series of police interviews. Unfortunately, this was set three/fours years after all of it happened, and Emma has faded into obscurity and she's being interviewed for a magazine article. I think it could have, would have been so much better being done in the setting of how I thought it was going to play out.
Furthermore, the ending- the last two pages specifically- made me want to find Gary Crew and slap him and punch him and ask him just what was he on when he wrote it. What the hell was that? My god. Gag me with a spoon.
I'm not a big fan of YA Teen novels. I wish I was, and if I was, I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more. Really, I would rate this a 2/5, but I reviewed this as the target audience, and so I edged it up to a 3/5. If you're a fan of the YA niche, you'll probably find it a lot better to read than I did, jaded as I am....more
One of the better books I've read recently. I was quite surprised, honestly. I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic books, for whatever reason, and this one juOne of the better books I've read recently. I was quite surprised, honestly. I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic books, for whatever reason, and this one just seemed to suit my tastes. There's no particular reason why. The book is poorly written in parts, and in some areas, it's never exactly said what's going on (such as the events in the cave and what exactly Elspeth is doing). But apart from these areas, it seems to work.
And, furthermore, none of the characters really pulled me in. I liked the limited screentime Rosamunde had before she returned, and Cameo. To be honest, I'm not sure if I'll actively pursue reading the other books, but I did enjoy the first novel, for what it's worth. It seemed to fall apart towards the end, but everything else worked, surprisingly well.
Overall, rather enjoyable and perhaps suited to someone a little bit younger than myself....more
I'm really quite surprised I enjoyed this book so much. I didn't expect to- I'm not really one for high school/teen books. In many ways, I disliked SuI'm really quite surprised I enjoyed this book so much. I didn't expect to- I'm not really one for high school/teen books. In many ways, I disliked Summers' way of writing, her narrative, her storytelling. I found Parker (along with her first name) to be rather dramatic and ridiculously self-centered. What happened was tragic, yes, but I hardly reckon it was any reason for her downward spiral.
What I did enjoy was Summers' eye for detail. Parker's obsessive clicking, her perfectionist tendencies. Even her destructive nature was obsessively perfect. I also enjoyed the way that not everything worked out well in the end for Parker. It's far more realistic than girl-meets-boy, boy-solves-girls-problems, they-fall-in-love. Parker is still depressed at the end, and she finally admits (in a way) that she needs help.
It's not a literary great, and it's very simplistic, but enjoyable enough. Give it a go if you have nothing better to do....more
One of the more enjoyable books I've read in a long time, which surprised me. It contains a lot of topics I usually dislike, such as pretentious teensOne of the more enjoyable books I've read in a long time, which surprised me. It contains a lot of topics I usually dislike, such as pretentious teens, spoilt girls getting sick, ignorant characters, that sort of thing, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed it.
I'm not sure if I enjoyed Lani Garver, but I actually felt myself getting increasingly angry at the 'fish frat' as the book continued, and at points, I wanted to punch Macy in the face. This sort of reaction doesn't usually occur to me while reading a book, which again makes me enjoy it so much. I also enjoyed the just desserts bestowed upon Tony.
Do I believe Lani was an angel? Well, that's a bit hard to say. I think the answer is meant to be yes, but things aren't always that clear. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and that's the most important thing to me....more
I'm honestly surprised I enjoyed this book so much. I suspected I would (I'm a bit of a sucker for faerie novels), but I enjoyed it a lot more than II'm honestly surprised I enjoyed this book so much. I suspected I would (I'm a bit of a sucker for faerie novels), but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I'm not going to lie; the cover is what dragged me in, and then the promise of 'faerie romance', but this book is a lot more than girl-meets-faerie-boy, girl-and-faerie-boy-fall-in-love.
Maybe it's the fact that Aislinn doesn't fall in love with Keenan. Maybe it's the fact that Keenan is really an arrogant jerk. Maybe it's the fact that Seth and Aislinn stay together at the end. Or maybe it's the different Courts, or the fact that faeries are pretty freaking ugly and scary. Or perhaps it's the fact that Donia looks like a corpse. Or maybe it's the fact that Marr writes about oral sex.
Actually, I'm pretty sure it's the fact that Marr writes about oral sex.
This book is advertised as being for 13+. While I was reading it, I picked up pretty early that although faeries as a whole typically is a genre for pre-teens, the subject matter in the books goes far beyond that. Aislinn and Seth are rough around the edges, and a lot of the book deals with piercings, tattoos, suggested drug use, and ultimately sex. While the first two aren't necessarily adult only, and teens (and quite commonly, unfortunately, pre-teens) know about the latter two, Marr's frank approach about them is ultimately for middle to late teens.
This is more of an adult approach to faerie tales. No, it's not an adult book, but it's definitely in that direction. A better rating would be 15 or 16+. And that's what makes it so enjoyable....more
This is a very easy book to read, and although I'm way out of the age range for it, I still found it enjoyable.
Isabelle isn't the nicest character, bThis is a very easy book to read, and although I'm way out of the age range for it, I still found it enjoyable.
Isabelle isn't the nicest character, but she's honest and real, which I think is lacking in some of the Young Adult genre. I found Ashley to be one of the 'perfect' characters, which is talked about a lot in the book, and I was a little disappointed when Friend didn't elaborate more on what happened to her. It is implied that she didn't get over her eating disorder, but even so, it would have been nice to have some conclusion on her story. I liked Mathilde, too. It's strongly suggested that she suffered from overeating, and I liked the fact that they simply just didn't have 'bulimia' and 'anorexia' as the only two eating disorders a person could suffer from. I wish the character of Rachel would have been further elaborated on.
Although short, and very easy to read- I finished it in just a couple of hours- it was really quite enjoyable....more
There were parts I liked about this novel and parts I didn't.
Firstly, I saw a lot of Macy and Macy's mother within myself and my relationship with myThere were parts I liked about this novel and parts I didn't.
Firstly, I saw a lot of Macy and Macy's mother within myself and my relationship with my own mother. Macy is a perfectionist, as am I, with obsessive compulsive tendencies. We both put too work into our studies, don't take chances to enjoy outward experiences and often feel abandoned by our workaholic mothers. Furthermore, there's also a feeling that Deborah (and my own mother) prefer to see the younger sibling (myself and Macy) as being 'the good child'.
I also liked the contrast between reading this book after reading Perfect by Natasha Friend. Both main characters have lost their father due to illness (heart attack in this novel, an undisclosed illness in Perfect), they develop ways of dealing with it in unhealthy manners (perfectionism and OCD for Macy, bulimia for Isabelle) and have distant mothers who refuse to acknowledge their grieving daughters (Macy's mother becomes a workaholic, Isabelle's gets sucked into her own misery).
The book is good at acknowledging real problems that teens are faced with. Normally, this isn't my typical genre. I'm not much for one for Young Adult novels, and really, this isn't an exception. There were parts I didn't like, particular 'Monotone' Monica. I found her annoying and wondered if Dessen had something else in mind while writing her and forgot about her subplot as she was too dull and uninteresting to continue writing about. However, I felt the entire novel was good with what it was doing and what Dessen had set out to do with it, which is why I rated it four starts....more
There's a very mystical quality when reading it. The scenes meld into one another, which can be quite disjointing when readiThis book is like a dream.
There's a very mystical quality when reading it. The scenes meld into one another, which can be quite disjointing when reading it initially. Pages need to be re-read and at points, nothing is quite clear. The book is very short, however, (easily read in under an hour), and so it isn't quite difficult.
The love between Violet and Claire transcends sexuality, and Violet never makes any attempt to clarify their relationship. Claire relies more on Violet, that much is true, but in many ways, she opens Violet up and makes her recognise her innocence, her youth, her vulnerability. In many ways, Violet makes Claire stronger, but Claire doesn't quite reach it.
The Hollywood side to it baffled me a little, admittedly, and it didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the novel. I think it would have been easier if Violet had fallen in with a bad crowd (such as at the club she visits) than going straight to Hollywood....more