That heroine ... is a complete waste of time. Kind of infantile though almost thirty, self-pitying, unbearably stupid, far above bothering to explain...moreThat heroine ... is a complete waste of time. Kind of infantile though almost thirty, self-pitying, unbearably stupid, far above bothering to explain the way of things, frivolous beyond reason, not able to express herself properly apart from exclamations as "eww". What on earth did the author do to get a second and third volume published? Hire a ghost writer and told him to start afresh?(less)
I love the japanese TV drama based on this novel and the first 100 pages were really sweet and endearing - just like many reviewers have stated. I got...moreI love the japanese TV drama based on this novel and the first 100 pages were really sweet and endearing - just like many reviewers have stated. I got interrupted though (I forgot by which book or assignment) and now, a month later, I do not find my way back into the story. I am positive that am going to watch the series once again, but I decided to let the book go.(less)
Working in a Winter Wonderland (Friedman) = 4 stars. I liked that one best - even if it was pretty cheesy. But at Christmas (and at Hanukkah too?) som...moreWorking in a Winter Wonderland (Friedman) = 4 stars. I liked that one best - even if it was pretty cheesy. But at Christmas (and at Hanukkah too?) some kitsch should be allowed. Have Yourself a Merry Little Breakup (Abbott) = 4 stars. Super cute couple. I also understood that sad feeling of fading friedship with former high-school-friends. Stories from a Cinematic New Year's (Malkin) = 2 stars. I didn't like that über-macho, self-centered actor and that slangy language - although the hero emerges somewhat "reformed" from the end of the story. The Christmas Choos (de la Cruz) = 3 stars. Fairly nice contemporary adaption of a well-known classic short story. One of the negative points: I thought more that once "Does she have to through around brand-names all the time?" It was made perfectly clear almost by page one that all the kids in school were rich and snobby whereas the hero and the heroine were working-class with their hearts in the right place. But maybe without all the brand-names the story would not have met the number of required lines. Who knows? (less)
Surprisingly good. Out of the five stories I liked four. That's good for an anthology. In contrast to others, I enjoyed the Westerfeld-story the most....moreSurprisingly good. Out of the five stories I liked four. That's good for an anthology. In contrast to others, I enjoyed the Westerfeld-story the most. But I have to admit, it stands out a bit, because it is the only Science Fiction story in the midst of urban fantasy: In a future classroom students attend "scarcity class" and have to chose a self-experience project lasting for two weeks. It is a future in which hunger, illness, long-distance between places, exhaustion and other problems have been successfully solved, but teenagers are expected to understand what ailed their ancestors in old times. So some try out classics like influenza or old-fashioned transport (boats), but the heroine takes on going without hormone stabilizers and and the hero tests what it is like to sleep. I don't know why, but I liked both the setting and the couple immensely. The second best story in my opinion was the selkie-themed love-story by Melissa Marr.(less)
*** Finished for the first time on August 2. 2009 *** Waaaagh, such a cliff-hanger ending ... and I will have to wait for the second volume at least u...more*** Finished for the first time on August 2. 2009 *** Waaaagh, such a cliff-hanger ending ... and I will have to wait for the second volume at least until May.
Kelley Armstrong's first attempt at the young adult genre worked just fine. It has wonderful, believable characters (who doesn't applaud Armstrong for creating someone like Derek in an era full of unblemished, irresistable heartthrob heroes?), supernatural elements and is thickly layered in thrills: Ghost-seeing Chloe Sanders lands in a closely monitored, posh boarding-school for mentally ill teenagers and is quickly diagnosed as being schizophrenic. When getting to know her fellow inmates and their unique problems better, she starts to doubt anybody attending Lyle House is really ill. Can it be coincidence that all six teenagers have supernatural tendencies or is somebody playing down things deliberately and using their otherness for his or her own mysterious means?
In contrast to funny and down to earth mediator Suze (Cabot), who I adore as well, this book's heroine really is living through hell. She believes herself sick, takes her medicine, is confined to a house with a sound alarm system and no one sincere enough to trust, does not know how to deal with ghosts repeating their death scenes over and over and is afraid her friends in school have noticed her freaking out and being shipped off to hospital.
This review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read the book for the first time:
"The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint has been one of the most sat...moreThis review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read the book for the first time:
"The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint has been one of the most satisfying snatches from the fantasy shelves for me last year.
Is has it all:
1. A very warm-hearted and detailed description of a forming unlikely friendship between tough punk-girl Imogene, who had a criminal gang-member-record in her hometown and a childhood spent mainly on her own because of her drug-consuming carefree hippy-parents, and anxious, smart and conservative outsider Maxine, who has difficulties coming out of her shell because of her ever-present controlling mother. 2. Dark, mysterious fantasy tightly interwoven with reality. Imogene's imaginary childhood friend Pelly - something in the middle between hedgehog and boy with bunny ears and a monkey's tail - turns up in flesh after a long absence and warns her: Somehow Imogene has angered the malicious band of faeries living on the school grounds and therefore her life is suddenly on stake. In her efforts to get light into the matter, she meets the ghost of a former high-school-student whose death was caused by faeries as well. Imogene finds out that faeries are by far not the most dangerous creatures in town. Bonded with Pelly and Maxine the long-time loner learns a lot about trust and friendship and wins in the end. 3. Last but not least there are some interesting sub-plots like Imogene's dealings with the school's bullies, her relationship with her brother and the slowly growing romance with a music-shop-guy - whose granny comes from Ireland and believes in faeries as well...
I will definitly read more books by this author and recommend for anyone who likes finely tuned characters and dark fantasy to have a try as well. (less)
Read for the first time in 2007. I would substract one of the stars today - although I still love the book and especially the ending. I need multiple...moreRead for the first time in 2007. I would substract one of the stars today - although I still love the book and especially the ending. I need multiple reading dates and rating for the books on my read-shelf!(less)
Better after sleeping a night. Yesterday evening I finished "A Certain Slant". It was interesting enough to keep on reading, but I labeled it a 2-star...moreBetter after sleeping a night. Yesterday evening I finished "A Certain Slant". It was interesting enough to keep on reading, but I labeled it a 2-star-book in my head. When I woke up this morning, my first thoughts strayed back to the rather unusual plot. And I pondered even more on the way to work. Now I think that a book that occupies my mind this much has to be called "quite good" - at least.(less)