I have wanted to read The Hunger Games for a while now, but I wasn’t sure it would be the type of young adult novel I’m drawn to. One of my clubs had...moreI have wanted to read The Hunger Games for a while now, but I wasn’t sure it would be the type of young adult novel I’m drawn to. One of my clubs had a whole thread devoted to the topic so I figured that I should check it out. I don’t do much urban fantasy. But boy, am I ever glad I picked this book up. Its concept is so original—at least to me—that I was wholly invested from the start. I kept thinking ‘is she really gonna get away with telling this story?’ and Suzanne Collin’s does so and beautifully. The book was fast paced and always exciting. I just kept wondering what strange thing would happen next. I read the book in one day. It was that good. I intend to get her second and third books in the series, since I can’t wait to find out what happens to Katniss or Peeta. I have a feeling that I won’t be disappointed.
After all the reviews I’d read about “Hush Hush”—both good and bad—I finally decided that I had to find out what I thought about it for myself. I’d ha...moreAfter all the reviews I’d read about “Hush Hush”—both good and bad—I finally decided that I had to find out what I thought about it for myself. I’d have to say that the story kept me interested. Patch is your basic bad boy but with a bit more punch. His personality is aggressive, arrogant, and his and comments are charged with sexual innuendo at almost all times, which some people might find creepy, but he exudes an appeal that I didn’t find offensive. It’s probably not appropriate for younger readers though.
Nora was a bit on the naïve side. She was likeable enough but she did behave pretty foolishly at times. For example when she donned a wig, high heels and a mini skirt and went to Patch’s place of employment on his day off, hoping to dig up answers from a bartender on him and his past. Of course he actually catches her snooping in this ridiculous getup. Another moment would be when she decides to walk alone down a dark alley at night after the bus driver tells her she is in a dangerous part of town. Nora’s not always using her head, rather she’s driven by ‘the need to know.’ This usually places her in some sort of predicament.
The secondary storyline about the murder of a girl from another school was enough to keep me interested by the other characters the author introduced. The archangel angle was interesting to me since I had never read about one before. The novel is filled with suspense and you really want to know who the person trying to kill Nora behind the ski mask is. It was a surprise to me when I found out who it was. Perhaps others saw it coming but I didn’t. So if you’re into an adrenaline rush, have a taste for lust and lots of intrigue, “Hush Hush” will probably not disappoint you. I read it in one sitting. (less)
I am going to give "Thirteen Reasons Why" 3 stars. While I enjoyed the novel idea of having two narrators-one being the deceased Hannah on the tapes,...moreI am going to give "Thirteen Reasons Why" 3 stars. While I enjoyed the novel idea of having two narrators-one being the deceased Hannah on the tapes, and the other being Clay reacting to them-I often found myself getting tripped up on who was speaking, even though Hannah's dialog is in all italics and Clay's is a regular font. The premise seemed interesting too. But after reading halfway through the book I found myself hoping there would be some more compelling reasons for this girl to end her life. I mean, suicide is a very extreme action to take. While high school is a dramatic time, sure, the reasons simply didn't resonate with me as being serious enough for her to take the actions that she did. The sending of the tapes was an original idea, but the reasons she blames people for their actions almost seems petty except for a few. I did not dislike this book, rather I would've liked it more if the actions she blames people for were a little more extreme. (less)