I read only 30 pages of this and decided I didn't want to read any more. I had this feeling that I didn't want to know any more. While the writing wasI read only 30 pages of this and decided I didn't want to read any more. I had this feeling that I didn't want to know any more. While the writing was well-done, description and vivid, the plot left something to be desired. I also was a bit annoyed with the way the POV switches were done: it was a very jerky, jarring way of trying to tell which character's head you were in when you started a new paragraph, since "she" or "her" could both mean Alison or Colette. I also hated the "spirit guide" Morris, and really could not stand another paragraph of description about him.
Just decided to cut my loses, though the first line still sticks with me (paraphrasing):
"Travelling: that oily, bleak time after Christmas." As well as all of the descriptions of the places Alison typically plays—nothing new or shiny for her. ...more
Gave this up after 97 pages. I was bored, and slightly annoyed at starting yet another chapter in another character's head/POV. I wondered, how many cGave this up after 97 pages. I was bored, and slightly annoyed at starting yet another chapter in another character's head/POV. I wondered, how many characters' POVs are we going to have to suffer through? The entire community's? I think the premise was promising, but I thought there would be more upfront about these three girls, but instead I had to wade through other characters' stories first, and had to have patience I didn't have to get to the "good stuff", if there was any of that to come. Just not a book for me. ...more
Ugh. I stopped reading this at page 160 because I was so bored! Honestly, the most exciting parts are in the beginning, with Quentin and Margo's "wildUgh. I stopped reading this at page 160 because I was so bored! Honestly, the most exciting parts are in the beginning, with Quentin and Margo's "wild night". I found it terribly hard to care that Margo was "missing"—a runaway, or possibly dead, or just playing some stupid game, and I also cared little if Quentin and his friends ever solved the mystery of the missing Margo. I skimmed the end, which was also terribly boring.
Don't waste your time reading this book. After reading what I've read, I'm no longer interested in seeing the movie.
A side note: I'm sorry, but what (straight) guy gets totally into the prom the way Ben did? And then to *happen* to hook up with a girl who is so totally into prom!!! too? Seriously, I did not buy it. ...more
**spoiler alert** Just started reading this, and am already so disappointed with Evelina as a smart heroine. Much like her stupid errors at the beginn**spoiler alert** Just started reading this, and am already so disappointed with Evelina as a smart heroine. Much like her stupid errors at the beginning of "A Study in Darkness", she foolishly argues with a male professor and then blows up a science lab. I can't understand why she's taking so many chances that she clearly knows may not end well. (Is it because she thinks she has nothing to lose?) Anyway, these are my first impressions. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really don't know what to say about this one. I wanted to like it. I listened to some of the audiobook, maybe up to chapter 8 or s**spoiler alert** I really don't know what to say about this one. I wanted to like it. I listened to some of the audiobook, maybe up to chapter 8 or so, which was very well read and well performed, but the story itself left something, which is hard to put on my finger on, to be desired. Still, the prose itself is beautiful, vivid, descriptive.
I did like the idea of the plot, but not so much the plot itself. I liked the idea of this self-described weird little town called Fairfold, where humans and faeries exist side by side—where humans know of the fae and have seen them or made bargains with them. I liked the idea of presenting the faeries as something closer to the "Grimm Fairy Tales" version—no sugarcoating the cruelty and murderous intentions and actions of some or most of Fairfold's forest people. I liked the idea of Jack, Carter's changeling "brother" living among the humans, raised as a human while still feeling the pull of his own forest kin.
I'm still partially intrigued to know what happens, but I also kind of don't care. Hazel, her brother Ben, the horned boy, now awake after apparently centuries asleep in a glass coffin by Hazel's own hand—it's all a jumble of oddness. Hazel's "innocent" flirtations, her strange bargain with the Folk on behalf of her brother, her half crush on Jack (who may also be crushing her back), her past "faerie hunting"—I'm not sure what to make of it. Plus, I can't help but find it a little strange that both Hazel and Ben have huge crushes on the horned boy (and maybe Jack does too). The whole thing, the whole plot, seems to be a jumble. It's part mystery/suspense, which adds a degree of thrill, but it also, for me at least, seems to be dragging out a plot point that should have already been revealed. (Not sure how many pages the book is, or where I was in the audiobook, so it was hard to tell if the pacing wasn't right or if I was on the verge of some "big reveal".)
I don't know. I say again that I really thought this would be "my type of book" and that I wanted to like it more, but I guess it's just not for me. Giving it 3 stars because I enjoyed the talented performer who read the story, but for overall plot it's really more a 2.5. ...more
This book read like fiction, with effortless simple yet descriptive prose, telling the story of a family from Vermont who spend their Decembers in ManThis book read like fiction, with effortless simple yet descriptive prose, telling the story of a family from Vermont who spend their Decembers in Manhattan, selling Christmas trees. The main focus of the book is the story of Ellie—the eldest of the three Romp children (and only girl), eleven years old at the time the story takes place, eleven and already seeming on her way to becoming an adult—and Billy, her father, with whom she is very close (though not so much that December).
I felt that this tale is one of those subtly inspirational ones, told with family values at its heart, but fortunately lacking any preachy tone that maybe some other inspirational stories—especially the ones involving faith of any kind—may have.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I am sad that it was such a fast read because it was so good. I would love to read more about this family and all of their endeavors and successes. ...more
**spoiler alert** 3.5-3.7 star rating. As far as sequels go, this was just an okay addition to the "Waverly Sisters" books—not sure if there will be m**spoiler alert** 3.5-3.7 star rating. As far as sequels go, this was just an okay addition to the "Waverly Sisters" books—not sure if there will be more in the "series". I would, without question, read another in this "series", but "First Frost" was, to me, lackluster, nearly devoid of all the magic and charm of "Garden Spells", which is among my favorite books, and is, I feel, akin with Alice Hoffman's "Practical Magic". It had been a while since I read "Garden Spells", so long that at first I couldn't tell the sisters apart, and couldn't exactly remember much of the plot of the first novel. I eventually recalled Henry, and that Bay was Sydney's daughter, and who Claire and Sydney were and what they did and what their Waverly gifts were. But I can't remember anything about Tyler. (I suppose it means I should go back and read "Garden Spells" for a refresher.)
I had some problems with the plotting. Why did it take so long for Russell to make his move? And why did he fold so easily? This insistence that the family just has to make it to First Frost without anything bad happening—yet of course, something "bad" was on the horizon in the form of Russell and the blackmail scheme. You, the audience, knew he was a conman, that he was there to get money from a mark, but the way it was all executed was sloppy. Why did both Claire and Sydney refuse to confide in their husbands their problems when both couples have been married for ten years? (The men seem to chalk it up as "that's just the way of the Waverly women, they'll come to us when they're ready", like that's okay or something. Neither of them seems to be angry or upset about anything, leaving such emotions to their wives.) I also found it so hard to believe that Claire questioned her lineage, even for a few minutes. How could she have run a successful catering business without her special Waverly gift? There's even a sentence that Sydney utters about Claire causing everyone in the family to cry at the drop of a hat for a week after eating something she cooked while she was upset. Obviously Sydney believes Claire is a Waverly—how could she not be? All of it seemed like a ridiculous twist that was over too quickly. Also ridiculous—Sydney putting up with Violet's needy, thieving, childish behavior. (Yes, Violet was only 17, so she was a child still, but since she had a baby to think about, she was a terrible role model for him, and dangling him before Sydney like the carrot she knew Sydney could never have. Shameless.)
Then there was Sydney's seemingly crazy overreaction to Bay's choice in crushes. Grounding her because Bay is in love with Josh Matteson, the son of Hunter John Matteson, the man who broke and smashed Sydney's heart—the main reason Sydney bolted from Bascom? As if his father's behavior somehow means Josh is at fault, or will turn out to be exactly like him? I wasn't buying it, it seemed kind of insane—especially when Bay has not, apparently, up until this point, shown any interest in socializing with anyone, especially any boys. Sydney was getting what she wanted when Bay chose to go to a school dance—but couldn't stand Bay being drawn to Josh. It's really no wonder Bay didn't want to open up to her mother about her crush.
I did like the little twist with Mariah, and her secret friend "M", and it was nice to have Evanelle there too. Also nice: to find out what Lorlei's Waverly gift was. (Not so nice, for Bay to insist on making Russell repeat himself. That was a silly scene.) While I didn't find this novel to be exceptional, it was still fun to read and had its good moments. This book was more in line with Allen's "The Girl Who Chased The Moon", not a great read, not a great ending, but certainly not a bad read overall.
Ugh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and tUgh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and the narrator, a whiny little bitch, for lack of a better word. And the whole unrequited love plot with Tobias—utterly sickening. The prose was repetitious, sometimes literally repeating phrases that had just been used a few paragraphs prior. The characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. It was ridiculous crap. What a waste of time! ...more
This was very fun to read. It's "TV-Fiction", based on the 90s TV show "The Secret World of Alex Mack", about a girl accidentally sprayed with a mysteThis was very fun to read. It's "TV-Fiction", based on the 90s TV show "The Secret World of Alex Mack", about a girl accidentally sprayed with a mysterious chemical called GC-161 on her first day of middle school. The GC-161 gives Alex Mack powers, such as telekinesis and the ability to change into a puddle of water. This show was one of my favorites of the late 90s, and I know always wished I had Alex's special powers (minus the whole getting-sprayed-with-potentially-toxic-chemical thing). The show was only on for a short time, but it was fun and this well-written book brought back the nostalgia for me.
The characters were spot-on and the situations the characters were in or were put in felt very true to the show, but perhaps on a larger scale. I really liked that there was no "dumbed-down" or any too trendy language, which seems to be too often the protocol for "kids books". The prose was descriptive and realistic, the characters human and the danger and action perfectly executed. 3.5 stars. ...more
Though I've decided to stop reading this at 94 pages, I hesitate to file it under my "disliked books I didn't finish" shelf. Still, I was getting a liThough I've decided to stop reading this at 94 pages, I hesitate to file it under my "disliked books I didn't finish" shelf. Still, I was getting a little bored by the narrative. I wanted to read it mostly because the writing is excellent, taut and descriptive, and because it tells the story of life in the mid-to-late sixties and early seventies, the story of a friendship so strong, in spite of being so brief, the author fought tirelessly to recreate her childhood and learn everything about her friend that she never knew.
I was partially drawn to this memoir because of one I read a few years back that had similar elements to it. That one was called "Girls of Tender Age"; it almost read like fiction but it had a "true life" feel. Part of the reason I feel a little bored by this book is that it's a little bogged down with the author's family. I guess I want to know more about Ann's childhood with Lee, and Lee herself, even as only that recreated version. ...more