Oops! I forgot to write the review. Which I guess kind of reflects my interest in the book. It was fast. I...moreIt's late. Review tomorrow.
Oops! I forgot to write the review. Which I guess kind of reflects my interest in the book. It was fast. It was amusing. Ultimately, didn't have a ton of impact.
This book came out during the big vampire popularity surge, and I've always been a vampire fan (long, long before Twilight) so I decided I'd like to read it. And there are several things I think this series does well. Or at least better than other vampire series.
For one, it has a light, funny tone that avoids all things emo without being too silly to enjoy. It also navigates the whole "vampire love story" thing in what I thought was a really nice way. There's no official love triangle, and there's no predestined or epic love story. Mina has her eye on a few cute boys, like any healthy teenage girl, and is interested in trying to date them. Like a healthy teenage girl. But even better, when one of the boys she likes exhibits jerk behavior, she assigns them the jerk label and moves on without much further thought.
So, I won't be continuing on with the series, but I liked it enough to finish. Given my current relationship with teen lit, I call that a win.(less)
Beastly is author Alex Flinn's modern interpretation of the classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast." In it Kyle Kingsbury is one of the beautiful peopl...moreBeastly is author Alex Flinn's modern interpretation of the classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast." In it Kyle Kingsbury is one of the beautiful people at his exclusive private New York high school, and he absolutely knows it. In true beastlike fashion, he has nothing but contempt for those who don't live up to his impossible standards of beauty, wealth, and prominence. He, of course, plays a prank on the chubby goth girl in one of his classes which leads to his eventual transformation into the Beast. The goth girl/witch gives him two years to find someone who will love him despite his appearance, and kiss him to prove it.
Flinn's updated fairy tale holds everything you would expect of the classic and well-loved story, which makes it a comfortable and satisfying book. There aren't any true surprises, but rather a gentle curiosity and an easy enjoyment which, when paired with the very sympathetic characters, pull the reader straight through.
Beastly is scheduled to be released as a motion picture for the Summer of 2010, which should result in a surge of interest in this updated classic.(less)
TTYL is yet another of those titles that I decided to read primarily because it has been frequently challenged in libraries. From what I can see the c...moreTTYL is yet another of those titles that I decided to read primarily because it has been frequently challenged in libraries. From what I can see the challenges are likely based on some sexual discussion and maybe a few bad words. The story is told entirely in instant messages, with all the lingo and abbreviation that entails. The characters are three best friends in high school, each with their own distinct personalities and issues. The book covers obsessive high school crushing, inappropriate teacher interaction, religious searching, and the old standby of betrayal by fickle friends. It all boils down to a fast and trendy book with a true-blue friends-til-the-end message that will likely draw in reluctant readers who find books written in traditional prose too time-consuming. Not my favorite book, but it has its place.(less)