Sometimes books aren't for me, and this book, positioned as a fun urban fantasy-ish tale of mystical librarians was extremely reminiscent of the DeborSometimes books aren't for me, and this book, positioned as a fun urban fantasy-ish tale of mystical librarians was extremely reminiscent of the Deborah Harkness books in terms of overall feel, but with a much lighter touch. For me, the lack of real meat ended my enjoyment of this before it started, and nothing grabbed be through its entire duration.
Those looking for something a little less significant, this might be for you. Otherwise, though, there's just not enough here to like to spend any significant time with....more
YA contemporary titles try so hard to stay relevant and fresh that sometimes books like this come out that feel more like they're trying too hard as oYA contemporary titles try so hard to stay relevant and fresh that sometimes books like this come out that feel more like they're trying too hard as opposed to being truly essential to the current experience. While this book is a few years old and is Australian, the subject matter of a kid with a gay parent who is also being bullied using similar sexual-orientation-charged language who also has a crush is so well-worn and done so often that a book really needs to clear a pretty high bar, and Six Impossible Things, while readable and entertaining enough, doesn't meet that high standard.
This may be a book that resonates with a very specific teen, but it's more subject-oriented toward boys with a marketing appeal that seems specific to girls, which means those who might get something significant out of the story will miss out entirely.
Overall, just an unfortunate miss. Skip this one unless this sort of genre is your thing or you know a kid who would gain a lot from a story like this....more
With absolutely gorgeous prose with a questionable plot and what might be a mismarketing effort, Dreamstrider is absolutely one of the more differentWith absolutely gorgeous prose with a questionable plot and what might be a mismarketing effort, Dreamstrider is absolutely one of the more different books I've read recently for this age group. A story basically about people who can shift themselves into the dream states and use it to spy and gain information, the idea ultimately ends up being superior to the execution, which promises more political intrigue and such than it ends up delivering.
While I think older teens and adults who enjoy this sort of prose will find something to love, the end result for me was just something that I felt had more potential than it ended up showing. Wouldn't be my first teen fantasy pick, but not one to completely ignore unless you're looking for something more straightforward....more
Sick lit is still a thing, right? How about amnesia lit?
Ella falls during an early morning run with her boyfriend, and she loses the last two years ofSick lit is still a thing, right? How about amnesia lit?
Ella falls during an early morning run with her boyfriend, and she loses the last two years of her memory. Her boyfriend can't quite understand, but neither can anyone else, but Ella quickly has to relearn what her life was like and begin trying to piece together a life of someone who she isn't sure she actually likes.
This is a book that hits a lot of good notes, from its handling of diversity to the somewhat unique plot to even how it ends. The issues for me feel nitpicky, but still took me out of the story. Why is the boyfriend so seemingly okay? Why is Ella coping so well with this? Why isn't there more of an identity crisis in play? A lot of the individual pieces work, but I ultimately feel like it never goes as far as it should.
Overall, a solid read, especially for those looking for something different from the teen romance/sick lit genre. It won't blow you away, but it's an enjoyable one....more
While I'm not part of Taylor's Squad or whatever, I can appreciate what she's accomplishing culturally and I find the constant attention to her personWhile I'm not part of Taylor's Squad or whatever, I can appreciate what she's accomplishing culturally and I find the constant attention to her personal life to be fascinating even if the details don't matter much to me. Sing absolutely takes advantage of that cultural zeitgeist (up to and including the obvious cover) and succeeds extremely well in the process.
The story follows one of the biggest pop singers in the world months away from her next tour. Her album is coming out and it's basically about her boyfriend, but they just broke up, so Lily heads to a small island to get away from it all and maybe write some new songs there. She, of course, meets another boy and things are hit off a bit, and the story quickly becomes about this balance between work, fame, and love.
It's a surprisingly quiet book for this genre and age group, which was sort of refreshing. You got a good sense of the speed that things move on these small island/coastal towns (I could absolutely picture this taking place on Cape Cod), and while the book doesn't throw you much in the way of curveballs, this felt different enough across the board where I fully enjoyed it from start to finish.
Definitely worth your time if you're into the contemporary YA stuff. A fun, solid read....more
I love me a good end of the world tale, but this one really didn't do it for me. Sort of the Teen Movie version of the trope, I wanted it to grab me iI love me a good end of the world tale, but this one really didn't do it for me. Sort of the Teen Movie version of the trope, I wanted it to grab me in a way it just refused. I don't look to necessarily relate to characters or anything, but it was a struggle for me to even care, never mind get to the point where the actual story was taking hold.