Top two books of the year (with SRB's UNSPOKEN), and here are my top two reasons why... of like 39458943843 reasons why: (from my Tumblr)
1. RelatabiliTop two books of the year (with SRB's UNSPOKEN), and here are my top two reasons why... of like 39458943843 reasons why: (from my Tumblr)
1. Relatability <— This is now a word. Accept.
As I’m sure you can tell by the description above, this book has SO MANY super serious things going on in it. I mean, death and violence and history and religion and LATIN, of all things. But the core of the book is the story of a girl who, despite all of the craziness blowing up around her, is dealing with relationships and life issues that probably everyone on the earth can relate to.
I mean, this girl translates Latin as a hobby, and is probably at least 14 times more brilliant in high school than I have the potential to be in my lifetime, but she’s also feeling all of these things that I remember so vividly feeling when I was in high school (and oh how old lady I feel right now saying those words), that I could completely relate to her choices and her reasoning—even when she was doing something stupid. The relationships in this book aren’t necessarily the central story, but they are so real, it makes everything else around it feel like it must be real.
2. ALL THE THINGS
Did I mention that this book has ALL THE THINGS in it? Because beside sweet romance and friendship and heartbreak (and sometimes hilarity), this is also a historical/religious mystery/thriller based on an ancient love story AND PRAGUE. And besides the fact that I was desperate to find the next clue and the next clue and then probably the one after that, I was also swept up in the gorgeous details of the city and the amazing adventure they somehow fell into. And when everything finally all came together—as desperate as I was to find out what and why and WHO—I found myself also reading slower, because I didn’t want it to end.
Maureen Johnson probably summed it up best when she said: “This book is so good, it makes me throw up a little.” ...more
This is in my top two books of the year. I love it SOOOOOO. And here are the reasons why, as I listed on my Tumblr:
1. I FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL, KAMI
I preThis is in my top two books of the year. I love it SOOOOOO. And here are the reasons why, as I listed on my Tumblr:
1. I FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL, KAMI
I pretty much knew I would adore this book from the description alone, but there was one scene that was so amazingly perfect, I could actually feel it all in my heart like it was happening to me. As the description says, Kami finds out that Jared isn’t the imaginary friend she’s been talking to her whole life, but instead a real boy who thought she was his imaginary friend. And there’s this moment where, without any of the characters even saying anything about it really, I felt how huge of a loss it was. Even though he was standing in front of her, and even though she’d probably wished he were real several times in her life, I could physically feel the heartbreak of losing that thing she’d been able to run to her whole life. And it was so visceral and real, I kind of wanted to reach into the book and give Kami a hug.
I didn’t try.
I think it’s important that you know that.
But still! There are only a few authors in the world who can make me love their characters so much that I find myself wanting to bring them home with me, feed them pastries and tea, and protect them from the evils that are coming next.
And this is SRB…so we know the evil is coming.
So. Much. Evil.
2. Hilarity + Mystery + Brilliance = DESPERATE FOR MORE
Really, how can you not fall in love with characters who believably say things like, “I can defenestrate my own thugs,” and “Your soul is like the souls of a thousand monkeys on crack, all smushed together,” and a dad who says “Why are you putting on lip gloss, my daughter? Trip to the library? Trip to the nunnery? I hear the nunneries are nice this time of year.”
The humor in this book is enough of a reason to love it fully, but then there’s this amazing mystery and an ending that pretty much shreds your heart so that you are incapable of doing anything but pining for Book #2 for the rest of your days. (Seriously, it’s becoming worrisome how much I react to even a casual use of the word UNTOLD [August, 2013].)
Honestly. It’s like she took everything I love most in books and made it her mission to mash them all onto the pages of a book, and then sat on it and stuffed the rest of what I love into the sides. (And by MASH and STUFF, I of course mean BRILLIANTLY PIECED TOGETHER INTO STORY FORM.)
There is nothing I don’t love about this book. Nothing. ...more
This book. THIS BOOK. It so perfectly fits the tone and voice of the original Frankenstein. It's adventure and science and romance and awesome. I thinThis book. THIS BOOK. It so perfectly fits the tone and voice of the original Frankenstein. It's adventure and science and romance and awesome. I think my favorite aspect, though, is how this reads so much more like a classic novel than what I'm used to getting from the YA shelves. I adore YA, but it was surprisingly refreshing and a little nostalgic to read something out of the norm.
I loved it. AND I have an ARC of book 2, which I immediately dove into when I was done with this one. Oppel is brilliant. ...more
This is one of those books that is impossible to rate, but I have a feeling I'll recommend it to everyone and hand sell it to strangers.
Had I read thThis is one of those books that is impossible to rate, but I have a feeling I'll recommend it to everyone and hand sell it to strangers.
Had I read this as a draft, I would have said, "You're not giving the reader enough to hold onto." But, really, that became part of the appeal to me in the end. There's a very David Lynch kind of feel to the book, though not as dark.
I might also have said that the narrator's personality gets lost, but that's kind of the point, so it works here.
It's unique and lovely, and at times crazy-making, and I think it's one of those books everyone should read, whether they end up loving it or not. ...more