This book has been on my radar for a very long time now. It piqued my interest when it first came out, but I was scared off by the fact that it might...moreThis book has been on my radar for a very long time now. It piqued my interest when it first came out, but I was scared off by the fact that it might as well have been Twilight's twin sister. Innocent, first-person narrator gets stuck with dangerous Biology partner, who turns out to be some sort of supernatural being that probably wants her dead? I held off as long as I possibly could, and when I saw it for cheap at Costco last week I broke down and bought it.
To be honest, I found myself a little frustrated with the writing style as I got further into the book. I often felt like I was being spoon fed the information, which drives me crazy. Absolutely nuts. I am not an idiot, and I hate when authors seem to assume you are. I also found some of the language became a bit redundant.
I found the plot and the characterization a little bit inconsistent at times. Nora thinks she's being stalked by someone dangerous, and yet she would walk by herself out the back way of a building into a parking garage, down a dark alley in the ghetto, etc. etc. If I thought I was being stalked by someone, there is no way I would be going ANYWHERE by myself. No one in their right mind would, let alone making themselves a perfect target.
To be fair, I still managed to enjoy the story. Perhaps that is due to the fact it was much more appealing to the alternative, work and chores. Or, perhaps I wouldn't have been as annoyed by some of these things if I had taken it in small doses. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. Will I read Crescendo (due out in October)? Probably.(less)
Ann Brashares is one of those authors that you don't believe can get any better, and yet she manages to with each and every book. From the moment I fi...moreAnn Brashares is one of those authors that you don't believe can get any better, and yet she manages to with each and every book. From the moment I finished the first book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I fell in love with her overwhelmingly realistic characters. I gobbled the series up in my early teen years, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of My Name is Memory for quite a while now. I can happily say it did not disappoint.
For me, it's always been the characters in Ann's books that appeal to me. It's not that I don't enjoy the plot, but the characters are always what makes her plot come to life. Daniel's voice is so incredibly vivid. I never found myself questioning either of the characters' motives or thoughts, and I genuinely felt every thought or feeling right along with them. The plot moved along at a satisfying pace, while still allowing the reader to appreciate all of the fine details woven intricately throughout this fantastic book.
When I picked this one up I assumed it was written as a stand alone novel, much like Brashares' first adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me). The ending, though satisfying in most respects, does leave a few loose ends, and I was quite devastated initially to think the book would just end that way. I was on the laptop immediately doing some Googling and found, much to my relief, that there would be two more books to follow. I am, however, now left anxiously awaiting the next installment.(less)
No Moon tells the story of Louisa Gardener, who is taken on at the age of fourteen as a nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy British family....moreNo Moon tells the story of Louisa Gardener, who is taken on at the age of fourteen as a nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy British family. The year is 1912, and Louisa finds herself on the maiden voyage of the Titanic with the Milton daughters in her care.
This book strongly reminded me of the Dear Canada series, as well as its American counterpart the Dear America series. The narration is undoubtedly similar, as well as the same historical themes. The length is perfect for a children's book, and could easily be incorporated into elementary curriculum as both a novel study & historical studies. It deals with history, mainly the tragedy of the Titanic (and by no means does it gloss over the sad parts), but at the same time would be manageable for a student in elementary school.
This is the way girls should learn their history. The author has made an effort to make it as historically accurate as possible, with only the major characters being fictional, and yet has crafted a story around the topic to make it appealing to young girls and boys. I dreaded history as a young girl because it was presented so dryly - I couldn't relate to these names thrown around in my history textbook! I loved the Dear Canada series for making history accessible, and this is exactly what No Moon does.
Some story lines I felt were slightly extraneous - that of Roberts for example. I'm not sure her return was really important, and really added nothing to the plot except as a foil to Louisa. I felt like more was coming - so much emphasis was placed on Louisa recognizing her, and I felt like it had to be building up to something. The story also skips ahead sometimes which was a slightly frustrating, but not so excessively that I got confused.
A solid novel, with great educational value. (less)
As I musician, I really connected with Dino's music obsession, as well as Ian's love-hate relationship with it. I am also tirelessly preparing for uni...moreAs I musician, I really connected with Dino's music obsession, as well as Ian's love-hate relationship with it. I am also tirelessly preparing for university auditions as we speak, although my teacher is not as mean as Dino, and it was, in a way, a really comforting read despite the subject matter. To me, this book holds the perfect balance for a YA novel. It deals with difficult subjects, namely mental illness, and by no means glosses over the subject. What I loved about it was how Deb Caletti managed to discuss serious real life issues, without making the book a complete downer. I like to read for enjoyment, and I don't enjoy reading about horrid topics with no light at the end of the tunnel. That being said, we don't get our perfect Hollywood Happily-Ever-After, but the reader is at least left satisfied.
I found the author's unique descriptions and metaphors refreshing, the ones that make you go, "Oh yeah, I know that feeling!". I did notice a few similar metaphors creeping up repetitively, but for the most part I appreciated the quirkiness of them. A fantastic cast of characters, all unique in their own way.(less)
First of all, what a fantastic premise! As a huge fan of Shakespeare, the fact that this book brings all of my favourite characters together in one th...moreFirst of all, what a fantastic premise! As a huge fan of Shakespeare, the fact that this book brings all of my favourite characters together in one theatre is instantly appealing. Lisa Mantchev does this perfectly, bringing new light to some old beloved characters, mixed in with some fabulous new ones. I would love to see this book made into a movie or stage production; the theatre is described so vividly, and I love the atmosphere - I want to be there! I loved the fast pace, and there's no shortage of action.
I admit it took me a few pages to figure out exactly what was going on, but don't let that stop you - it will make perfect sense as soon as you get going. Since I am already familiar with most of the characters used in this book, I understood all the jokes. I'm not sure if someone who hasn't read Shakespeare would get quite as much out of this novel, but I'm sure they would enjoy it nonetheless.
There's quite the cliffhanger at the end here, and I am quite thankful for the fact that I have an ARC of the sequel, Perchance to Dream in my hands as we speak. Unfortunately I'll have to postpone reading it for a few days, albeit grudgingly, as I have a few other books I need to read for upcoming blog tours.
I also want to say that I was really inspired to put more time into my writing after reading this book - writing is something I've always wanted to do, but I've been feeling really uninspired lately, and this book renewed some of that for me, so thank you!(less)