With the hype around the recently released Forever and Maggie Stiefvater’s trip to Ontario, I figured I’d see what all the fuss is about by reading ShWith the hype around the recently released Forever and Maggie Stiefvater’s trip to Ontario, I figured I’d see what all the fuss is about by reading Shiver. Shiver though was just … okay. While the writing style was good and I liked the mythology around Stiefvater’s werewolves, the plot and the characters didn’t really captivate me.
The main goal of Sam and Grace in Shiver was to find a cure for Sam so that he could stop changing into a wolf and be with Grace. Their attraction and claims of love were too sudden for my tastes, and I found it strange that Grace seemed to take most things about Sam in stride. For example, if I found a naked and bleeding guy outside my house who I thought was a werewolf, rather than bringing him inside the house, I’d freak out about it first and then call an ambulance.
In terms of the characters, the secondary characters in Shiver other than Beck and Isabel didn’t really appear interesting. Part of the problem is that Grace and Sam seem to often be in their own little bubble at Grace’s house because her parents are never around. This gives the two plenty of time together, but since I didn’t care for the romance, I just wanted Sam and Grace to go do their own thing or have someone disrupt their state of blissfulness.
Even as an individual character though, I wasn’t a fan of Grace. She lost my respect right from the start when I learned that while the wolves were biting her years ago, she didn’t fight and just lay there. Why the heck would you not fight for your life?! It would have been great if my opinion of her had changed, but I closed the book feeling like I still barely knew her. All I can tell you about Grace is that she is a good cook, seems pretty independent and would be much better than me in an emergency. Oh yeah, she also loves Sam who is a fictional guy I would normally crush on because he is good looking, reads, plays the guitar and is very romantic. In this case, however, I didn’t.
Although there will be those who love Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, it didn't meet my expectations. The weak plot, instant romance and lacklustre characters left me disappointed. ...more
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar is an emotional and powerful novel that explores what happens to the victim in the aftermath of rape. Carly is a girl who isRaw Blue by Kirsty Eagar is an emotional and powerful novel that explores what happens to the victim in the aftermath of rape. Carly is a girl who is furious at the world and has isolated herself from others. She is haunted and ashamed by what happened to her, and her only solace is surfing. At first, it was slightly hard to connect with Carly because you didn’t know what exactly happened to her (since Eagar purposely kept it vague) and because it felt as if she had managed to create a bubble for herself from the reader too. Nonetheless, it becomes impossible not to fall in love with Carly over time and want to protect her from anything bad ever happening.
I also loved Eagar’s secondary characters because they weren’t just some stock characters. They felt real, had their own interesting pasts and were dealing with their own problems. At twenty-six, Ryan is a few years older than Carly and has been to jail. He may not be the prototypical YA love interest, but he was perfect in my eyes. Ryan acknowledges that everyone has issues and was willing to build a relationship slowly with Carly on her own terms – being understanding with her mood changes, telling her when he isn't going to be in town and giving her space when she needs it. Who needs a Prince Charming when you can have a guy like Ryan?! Hannah and Danny were awesome characters as well, and I loved how they managed to integrate themselves unexpectedly into Carly’s life.
Eagar’s writing was a joy to read. It was simple and yet so touching. The addition of Aussie and surfing slang really gave the book an Australian feel, and the passages describing the ocean and its waves allows the reader to understand Carly’s love affair with the ocean and the allure of surfing.
A novel I’m going to recommend to anybody and everybody, Raw Blue will leave readers with a lasting impression and the indelible gift of hope. ...more
Out of all the books I’ve read by Janette Rallison, Just One Wish would have to be my favourite one. Like all of Rallison’s novels, it’s cute, witty aOut of all the books I’ve read by Janette Rallison, Just One Wish would have to be my favourite one. Like all of Rallison’s novels, it’s cute, witty and easy to read, but this one seems to have more depth and has a very unexpected ending! I loved that twist though because life doesn’t always work out the way that we want, and yet Rallison still left me with the upbeat feeling that I’ve come to expect from her work.
I also loved the protagonist, Annika. It’s clear that she adores her brother Jeremy – he’s such a cutie – and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the surgery easier for him. Regardless of whatever obstacle is in her way, she just keeps going and refuses to give up. Rallison however also allows the reader to see the frightened and vulnerable girl beneath Annika’s spunky exterior, which makes Annika a loveable character that you can’t help but empathize with. ...more
Janette Rallison consistently writes creative and funny stories, which is why I figured My Fair Godmother would be a good stress reducer while studyinJanette Rallison consistently writes creative and funny stories, which is why I figured My Fair Godmother would be a good stress reducer while studying for my midterms.
For some reason though, I didn’t connect with Savannah’s character as much as some of Rallison’s other protagonists possibly because Savannah’s initial cluelessness was pretty amusing but sort of got annoying after awhile. However, Savannah does redeem herself a little by maturing and getting more quick-witted as the novel progresses.
What I did like about My Fair Godmother was Rallison’s version of the Middle Ages. Not only are Cinderella and Snow White real, but there’s also a Cyclops and a dragon. In addition, real magic also exists because people can be turned into goats and a lying curse can cause you to spit out a frog, a gecko, etc. (gross!). Nevertheless, Rallison’s Middle Ages felt very authentic and you forget that Cyclops and dragons are mythical creatures that have never actually existed! ...more