It's so unlike me to give a 5 star review to a romantic contemporary young adult novel. Why? Mainly because I just don't readPosted at Red House Books
It's so unlike me to give a 5 star review to a romantic contemporary young adult novel. Why? Mainly because I just don't read them and when I do I'm usually unsatisfied.
This book though? It was good! Like really good!
I love Jane and I love Teo and I even grew to love Ravi (especially after I found out why he hates Jane so much - ha!).
These characters are real people. They aren't whinny, ridiculous, pie in the sky versions of teenagers. And OMG yes! They are totally adorkable!
There's a lot of heart in this story and not just from the romance. BUT the romance was so nice! It wasn't insta love or overbearing and there weren't any cray cray reactions (or overreactions) and it all just felt very real and very fun and very very enjoyable to read.
Signs Point to Yes is on my very short list of YA contemps that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. (I even added Sandy Hall's first novel A Little Something Different to my wishlist!)
It's fun to read out my comfort zone every once in a while - I'm so glad I gave this one a try!...more
I never connected with Winnie. I didn't understand they way she thought at all which was surprising givePosted at Red House Books
Didn't love this one.
I never connected with Winnie. I didn't understand they way she thought at all which was surprising given the 1st person narrative. I guess the whole story was really a long letter to her best friend...but it didn't really work for me.
The actual mystery...or maybe there were 2? It was a little hard to keep track of and nothing really fit together.
I did like the idea of the story - skeptic young girl thrown into a paranormal lifestyle while trying to resolve her mother's death discovers more then she bargained for. But Winnie as a character? No idea what she was actually thinking (even when she says what she was thinking it was still kinda confusing). Oh - and don't get me started on her aunt and her famous reality show...who hires teenagers, amateurs and family members who don't believe in anything you do to run your show?
Lots of unbelievable bits that had nothing to do with the supernatural. Oh - and the supernatural part(s)? Way out there - and not really in a good way.
So yeah, not the best read for me.
It wasn't all a wash though.
I was draw into the story and even if I didn't feel connected to any of the characters, I still wanted to know what happened to them. I didn't like the ending but it kinda fit with the story...maybe?
This is for sure a 'not for me but maybe for you' book. I felt disconnected to it all but I think you might see things differently.
If you enjoy light ya paranormal stories with mild (actually believable) romance and weird family dynamics or if you're a fan of the Jersey Devil (because it plays a huge part in the story!) I would encourage you to give this one a try....more
This is a good book and I really wasn't sure it was going to be. Me = pleasantly, happily, surprised.
Reasons I was worried:
1. Josephine was going to be a snooty self absorbed rich girl I would have a hard time relating to 2. Everyone would be a stereotype (rich / poor - well breed / working class trash - proper ladies / dashing young gentlemen) 3. The mystery would be predictable 4. The setting would get boring
I WAS WRONG ABOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS!
So yes, Josephine is a rich, well breed proper lady whose has a seemingly predictable mystery thrust into her life and must navigate through it in the set in its ways gilded age of NYC.
It was so easy and downright fun relating to Josephine. She's knows her place in her world and in her family but it doesn't stop her from listening to and following her heart.
The characters didn't feel like stereotypes - more like true representations of people from this time period which duh, I'm sure it what Donnelly was going for but yes, I was still worried it wasn't going to work.
The mystery was...ok...it was predictable - but not in the ways I thought it would be. There were a lot of layers and details that I wasn't expecting.
New York City's gilded age, while diverse, if portrayed through the wrong light, could get tedious to read about. Not so in These Shallow Graves. A lot of different places, cultures and people were incorporated into the story in very real ways. It was never boring.
So really, there is only 1 thing that brought this down to a 4 start read.
It was the ending.
I didn't like it.
I mean, the outcome of it all? It was good...not great and not really what I would have wanted but it was ok.
But the details? So many coincidences and a lot of it felt rushed. I could see how all the pieces fit together...it just didn't feel very believable.
In the end though - a pretty good read and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. ...more
R.L. Stine = half of my favorite childhood reading memories (the other half belong to Christopher Pike).
I pretty much love everything about his stories. Some might call his horror campy - and maybe it is a little - but it is in no way a cheep thrill. The creep factor in all his books is pretty high and The Lost Girl is no exception.
Taking place in 2 different times, the story progresses through a series of horrible acts which culminate in a breaking point of good vs evil. Who wins? Good of course ;)
Just kidding - no happy endings here. And not just the typical, they all die in the end unhappy endings. It's the lingering effects that really make the story. The unwritten dot, dot, dot at the end of the last sentence.
It's the implied horror as much as the explicitly stated horror that really gets under my skin. And I love it!
While listed as the Fear Street Relaunch #3, as in previous installments of Fear Street, it can be read as a standalone. I actually didn't know there were other recently published Fear Street novels! Guess what got added to my wishlist?
If you love Stine, you'll love The Lost Girl. If horror isn't your thing, you might not enjoy this one. If you're looking for a good thrill - defiantly pick this one up! ...more