Having been a fan of the show for a while now, I was incredibly excited when I learnt there were book adaptations. This is the first of the Psych book...moreHaving been a fan of the show for a while now, I was incredibly excited when I learnt there were book adaptations. This is the first of the Psych books that I've read and now that I'm done I can say that I did enjoyed the story but not in the ways that I thought I would knowing the show.
My problem with the book was that a lot of it was build up for the plot. I expected more Shawn-Gus banter and I was disappointed of how little interaction there was between the characters.
Something that I guess is to be expected, is that Psych is a character driven show but Rabkin doesn't have much he can do in terms of character development in the book since their main stage is still the show. He can't contradict future Psych plots and his writing seems very conscious of that. However, the story as a whole outside of the characters is great! The mystery was "out of this world", but if this wasn't a Psych story I would not have enjoyed it as much as I did.
This installment of the Percy Jackson series has lived up to my previous expectations and I found myself drawn back into Percy's world quite effortles...moreThis installment of the Percy Jackson series has lived up to my previous expectations and I found myself drawn back into Percy's world quite effortlessly. In the first book of the series it was all about introducing us to Greek gods in a modern setting, this time around Riordan incorporates the characters found in the epic Greek tale of The Odyssey. Percy takes a walk in the shoes of Odysseus as he goes on an unauthorized quest to The Sea of Monsters in search of Grover and the magical Golden Fleece with the hopes of saving a dieing camp half blood. This time around without Grover he also has a new companion a young, homeless Cyclops, Tyson. I really enjoyed reading this book and was excited to see it had added some aspects that lacked in the previous book such as, more attention is paid to developing the main characters and their relationships, Percy puts a bit more thought into what it exactly means to be Poseidon's son, Questions surrounding the specifics of the story are answered with more clarity, and there is more of a flow between the original Greek myths and how they are incorporated into the story.
I have a feeling that as the series continues and the plot and characters continue to develop things will simply get better and better. (less)
Naked Heat is a great sequel to the last book and an equally great kick-back to the show. The mystery was full of twist and turns that it tossed me ba...moreNaked Heat is a great sequel to the last book and an equally great kick-back to the show. The mystery was full of twist and turns that it tossed me back and forth enough to give me wipe lash. The over the top mystery and tangled personal relationships kept the story interesting enough to have me not wanting to put it down.
As a fan of the show [Castle] I loved seeing the little moments from Castle's writing experience on the series translated into the actual book. There are a lots of tie-ins to individual episodes and it made me giddy to spot them. However, the piggy backing of the shows characters can be enough to draw you out of the story completely, while this cannot be avoided, Naked Heat seemed to improve in this area compared to what I remember in the previous book.
The only downside for me was the occasional feeling that despite the twists of drama the detectives seemed to be taking each turn unnaturally well. It down played the unbelievable discoveries and made it feel less genuine.
In the end Naked Heat was a good story that I expected to enjoy as a fan and did.
Edit March 2013: It's been three years since I read this book and I just don't think it's worth continuing with the series. Although it is a fun concept having the book tie in with the show, I get enough of the show on my TV screen. Sometimes it's best to let a show breath and not smother it with too much attention. (less)
Out of the four Sherlock Holmes novel, I probably enjoyed this one the least. It was the second one I read and for all that I tried I just couldn't un...moreOut of the four Sherlock Holmes novel, I probably enjoyed this one the least. It was the second one I read and for all that I tried I just couldn't understand it. I wanted to get into the story, but something was preventing me from becoming truly engrossed like I've been with the other three novels. Because of this I really do want to re-read this and see if taking another go after now having more experience with Doyle's writing style will change anything.(less)
The second book in the Heist Society series, Uncommon Criminals has definitely pulled though, with an incredibly interesting plot and the cast of esta...moreThe second book in the Heist Society series, Uncommon Criminals has definitely pulled though, with an incredibly interesting plot and the cast of established quirky characters from book one. I could not ask for anything more.
I loved that the voices of the characters from listening to the first book were still in my head, everything came together and I actually found myself enjoying this book a little bit more then the first one.
I love heists! There is nothing better then an excellently complicated heist, nemesis and all, boiling down to the most interesting conclusion. As all these events take place, you're waiting till the end for them to tell you exactly how they managed to pull it all off. After putting this down I was actually reminded of Ocean's Eleven, although it might not be everyone's favourite movie, the way that Ally Carter planned her heist, essentially creating the plausibly impossible, reminded me of the elaborate, yet believable plots of the sliver screen. This is something that I have to give props to Ally Carter for, creating a heist isn't easy, creating multiple heists is even harder and I was thoroughly impressed by each turn these plans took.
Now, there isn't a lot of noticeable character development in this book but I found it interesting to see Kat still struggling to figure out exactly how her practices of stealing is different from her families, still feeling the sense of not belonging. Hale was also a big draw in the story, his character has really taken shape as caring and level-headed, yet still willing to follow Kat on whatever she's gotten herself into. (view spoiler)[ I still don't quite understand his reaction to the kiss though, since that was never actually explained. (hide spoiler)]
In the last book when it came to the secondary characters (or "the crew") I was a little disappointed that their wasn't more back story for them since there was so much focus on Kat but this time around even though no more information is provided that was not something I cared to notice. They are excellently written for the parts of the crew that they play and that was good enough for me.
Final note on the characters, Uncle Eddie/Charles, now that is an excellent excellent use of back story! It gave our villain a connection as well as giving the mythical Uncle Eddie some much needed backing up on his legendary status. I also loved Maggie as a character, she wasn't over played and she had a strong purpose.
Gah, I loved this book! Loved it, loved it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This one was a disappointment for me, it lacked the little things I loved about the last book and although the plot was interesting the characters had...moreThis one was a disappointment for me, it lacked the little things I loved about the last book and although the plot was interesting the characters had lost a lot all of their former likability replacing it with whining and a complete lack of common sense.(view spoiler)[ Alona please, tell us more about your infinite self-destructive problems! And Will really you're going to question your entire philosophy after just one conversation with someone you don't even trust!? And while you're at it just go ahead and ignore these giant red flags about this little secret society. Let us review: your father quit, made sure they didn't know about your existence, then committed suicide! Maybe hanging around these folk is not a wise idea! (hide spoiler)] which also doubles as a rant~
Now, I have a feeling that this is one of those times where it just wasn't my thing and a lot of people will love this book because of their love for the first one.
This was just not the sort story that I expected for the sequel of The Ghost and the Goth, a book that had such an amazing start with the world it was building. I wanted to see more of that layering but instead the book took off in what felt like a different direction, instead of sticking with its guns. I did however like the Alona-Lilly moments, they were very emotional and are what managed to bring me back into the story.
Its fall out for me was that at its core it is a character driven story where I did not feel a connection to the characters. The first book had a strong foundation but this time around I was not invested and the little things gradually became more and more annoying.
Now this is just me nit-picking, but an example of this were the constant "what happen last time!" info tidbits thrown about like confetti, there were just to many of them! The book needed an overview I'll admit that, but it should not still be happening past page 100 and should at least somewhat acknowledge that some readers did in fact read the first book.
Overall, I just could not get past it's faults. There was some great potential, if only there was a little more love for the fantasy and a little less drama-angst!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm interested to see where the story goes after the events the first book left us on. Hopefully we'll get to see a lot more character development! 20...moreI'm interested to see where the story goes after the events the first book left us on. Hopefully we'll get to see a lot more character development! 2013 2014 still seems is a long way off.
September 2013: While exploring my library's website I discovered that they had already put out an order for Hollow City. For those interested in getting library copies you may want to check out your library to see if you can get your requests in early. Only four months till the scheduled release date!
June 2013: I'm a little surprised the book release date has been pushed back to 2014. I feel like reminding myself that this is a squeal to a book that came out in 2011. I don't know how it's going to fare (especially in sales) with such a long wait still ahead of us. Here's hoping that the reason it has been pushed back is because it's being hand crafted with painstaking devotion in the far off mountains and not something to be worried about.(less)
For a second book in a series, Ninth Key was fun to read but it didn't wow me. I expected this to pack more of a punch then it did and ended up having...moreFor a second book in a series, Ninth Key was fun to read but it didn't wow me. I expected this to pack more of a punch then it did and ended up having a couple very big problems with the way the plot of the story is developed.
Ninth Key has its good moments, especially when Suze is kicking butt, but there were to many instances when the obvious solution to a problem would be overshadowed by where Cabot wanted the storyline to go. The convenience factor of some of the events were just too obvious to ignore and these issues made it difficult for me to look back at the book now that I've finished and not instantly think of the negative.
I did however, have fun reading this in the moment. I love Suze to pieces. I felt like her personality was a lot more consistent and her narrative kept me engaged the whole way through. The best part of the whole book has to be how undeniable Suze's charisma really is. She has some excellent zingers and her dialog is always pretty sharp.
I would have liked to have seen more development of the secondary characters, instead of Suze just reiterating what was revealed in the first book. But they were all still a very interesting bunch. This also applies to our new baddies, yet again we are introduced to a handsome young man in immediate danger that sets Suze's hormones a blazin'. The way that storyline plays out was very over-the-top, but that is exactly what made those characters so much fun. Although, I still don't think "Tad" is a name. I need proof that anyone has every been called that in the history of ever before I submit that "Tad" is in anyway a first name, let alone an actual word.
Jesse deserves a bit of a mention since he has yet to really win me over as a love interest. I'm hoping as he gets more "fleshed out" that I'll find something that interests me about him. But there was nothing really new on that front.
This book left me with a lot more frustrated sighs then book one even came close to, but even with the problems I had I'm going to continue to see this series through. Book three here I come!(less)
Rating, 2.5 STARS This book was kindly received as a giveaway arc from Goodreads First Reads.
So, corkers, what is up with those things?
In A Midsummer...moreRating, 2.5 STARS This book was kindly received as a giveaway arc from Goodreads First Reads.
So, corkers, what is up with those things?
In A Midsummer Tights Dream there were highs and lows. We are returning with funny-girl Tallulah as she takes on her first term at Dother Hall and wild hijinks ensue!
Tallulah is a really fun character, so reading about her misadventures is always interesting. However, I had my share of problems. Actually quite a few. This time the writing itself was much easier for me to understand then it was for the first book, my first encounter with the very British style of Rennison.
But by over half way through I eventually knew things were going badly because, despite the fact that I was interested in the story, I just wanted to finish it. I wanted to be done so I would be done.
Nothing really happens in this book. All the events can be summed up within a couple of sentences, but because this is a novel, of course things needed to be extended a bit beyond that. This means that there was quite a bit of filler, a lot of back and forth, a lot of Tallulah just walking from place to place while she muses about her corkers. Although I did enjoy the later moments with Cain, not enough happened to keep me really engrossed.
Then there are the odd comments that I could have done without. I could have done without the "lezzie" comments. They weren't negative comments, they were ignorant comments, and although there is a difference between those two things it still made me uncomfortable. These comments never really play into the plot, except for some more corker commentary and it is this unnecessary nature of the comments that made the record skip whenever it would come up. I understand some gay fun, but Tallulah expresses that she doesn't even know what a lesbian is.
"I gave my letter to Honey and we hugged. I didn't even mind our corkers touching, who cares if I'm a lezzie. Whatever that is." ARC, page 165
The word lesbian is actually never used, instead it's referred to only as being "lezzie", which did not bode well with me. You've hit a very sensitive button Ms. Rennison and although I won't hold it against you, since their wasn't anything particularly offensive. Just please don't do it again.
On a lighter note, do girls really talk about their breasts as much as Tallulah does? There are 17 mentions (I counted) of the lumps of womanhood just from page 90 onward. For a while it felt like they were being brought up every other page. Do girls really think about them that much? I never talked about the size of my boobs or how much they were jiggling with other people. Have I missed out on a pinnacle part of girlhood? I don't know.
Also, "corkers" is just a strange word to me.
For the more positive side, I did enjoy a lot of the actual story being told. Although there is a lot of filler, the meaty, gossipy, boy bits were great fun and full of chuckle worthy lines. I also warmed up to Cain at the end there, which I was convinced would not happen. It's a curious dynamic they've got going!
But honestly, what really sticks out to me about this book is that no one writes like Rennison. Her style and stories are unique to her own wit. This is something I value in an author. To have such a individual voice in a genre that is known for it's same-all, end-all nature is truely impressive.
I'll keep an eye out for the next book, although my rating is low, I'm still interested in the series. Tallulah and her oblivious charm keeps drawing me back in!(less)