I adored everything about this book and read it lightning fast. All I wanted to do was find a way to jump into those pages and live in the world DeAng...moreI adored everything about this book and read it lightning fast. All I wanted to do was find a way to jump into those pages and live in the world DeAngelis created. Not only is Petty Magic beautifully written but it had an old fashioned kind of feel that reminded me of fairy tales I used to read as a child with a slightly darker, more adult edge. "Enchanting" is probably the best word to describe it.
I definitely can't wait to read it again because it was just one of those stories where you need to do a double-take to make sure you didn't miss any of those great, juicy details!
As you might expect from a political thriller, American Subversive is fast paced, gripping and a serious page turner. Now, I'm not a thriller kind of...moreAs you might expect from a political thriller, American Subversive is fast paced, gripping and a serious page turner. Now, I'm not a thriller kind of girl but this book is un-freaking-believable. Seriously. The concept is so timely (blogging and terrorism) and I actually found it easy to relate to the main characters (Goodwillie writes from the perspective of a woman - how cool is that?).
The relationship between said characters (two narrators: blogger and terrorist) is complicated but innocent, with intertwining facets you find yourself constantly thinking about long after the final page.
Aidan, failed journalism student turned gossip blogger on a site that eerily resembles Gawker, is both completely unlikeable (but with good intentions) and the kind of protagonist you root for from beginning to end. Paige, a very sad but very determined eco-terrorist is responsible for turning 2010 Manhattan into chaos. It's horribly familiar to those of us who lived through 9/11, which makes it a relevant and necessary read.
As a fun side note, I hear Aidan's blog (Roorback.com) is actually being turned into a real site... stay tuned...(less)
This book made me VERY happy. Gary has a no-nonsense attitude that I love. His "stop whining and just do it" approach is a breath of fresh air. That a...moreThis book made me VERY happy. Gary has a no-nonsense attitude that I love. His "stop whining and just do it" approach is a breath of fresh air. That attitudes is not for everyone though. However, he gives some great tips regarding social media and personal branding. I consider myself pretty well informed, but he gave suggestions I'd never thought of and some excellent short cuts.
This is not a "do what you love and everything will fall into place" kind of book. He doesn't b.s. and doesn't hide that making money doing what you love actually takes a ton of work. But his obvious passion for not only his job, but connecting with people, makes this book worth its weight. It's a short, easy read, but full of information and practical advice, meaning I a) stayed up all night to finish it and b) reread the entire thing the next day.
My one problem is that his email address is EVERYWHERE. Which at first I thought was awesome, thinking he obviously practices what he preaches and wants to connect with his readers. I emailed about a week ago, but no response. It's not the lack of response that bugged me - the man is a moderate celebrity and he has tons of followers, meaning no time to personally respond to every person who shoots him an email. The thing that bugged me is that he practically ASKED us to email. Either way, this is the book's only flaw. The man is pretty much a genius, has a ton of energy, which I love, and is so positive it's infectious. No matter what you love or what you do (hopefully they're the same thing), definitely buy (don't borrow, you'll want to highlight)this book for a fantastic and useful read.(less)
I don't think it's possible for me to say enough good things about this book. Hunger Games was fantastic, and Catching Fire not only met its predecess...moreI don't think it's possible for me to say enough good things about this book. Hunger Games was fantastic, and Catching Fire not only met its predecessor but surpassed it. Usually rare in sequels, but Collins is a genius! I saw an interview with her where she says her idea for the trilogy came from channel surfing between reality TV and footage of Iraq. And Catching Fire is EXACTLY that. I couldn't put it down - stayed up until 3am last night finishing it up - it's that entertaining/disturbing/beautiful/engrossing. My favorite thing about this book is that it's upsetting and terrifying without being unrealistic. Too many times authors have these fantastic "bad guys" that are super-bad but just too ridiculous to be taken seriously. Colllins' Capitol is one of the few really terrifying things I've read... ever. And it's not ridiculous, it's horrifyingly relevant. Like I said, I have no complaints about this book. At one point (wont give spoilers) I thought the authors was going in a direction that would be redundant and boring, but NO! Seriously, this woman is a genius. Where does she come up with this stuff? Now, I'm not entirely sure it's YA material - really, it's that scary. Think Harry Potter - some really dark stuff, but something maybe you can only understand with age. Anyway, this book is the perfect balance of social commentary and romance and adventure. READ. IT.(less)