I noticed this book because it's heavy. I mean, literally. The pages are these super thick, glossy numbers. So, I flipped open the cover to check out...moreI noticed this book because it's heavy. I mean, literally. The pages are these super thick, glossy numbers. So, I flipped open the cover to check out the price. I thought it would be 8 million dollars to pay for all those fancy pages but it wasn't! It was $19.99! Not what I expected so I kept looking at it. (Not that I was going to buy it one way or the other - it was a library book!) Then I started reading it and I thought it was really silly and I didn't like it one bit. But it was my break time and I forgot my REAL book at home and I needed SOMETHING to read. Oh, and the art is really bad. By the time break was over, I was a quarter way in and I realized that it was kind of growing on me. Halfway in and I was annoyed when my toddler wanted to eat and interact with me and whatnot. Because I WANTED TO KEEP READING! I don't care that the pictures are bad. It doesn't really matter. Maybe it kind of makes sense or adds to it or something. Well, I don't really believe that. But who cares. I ended up really liking the girl, Ms. Protagonist. It's all very predictable and angsty and stuff. But it's about a GIRL in HIGH SCHOOL who FALLS IN LOVE. How ELSE could these things go down? I bet I would have LOVED this book in high school, even though I would have been so busy being edgy and not caring to ever admit it.
And it's by LEMONY SNICKET! THAT'S why it's full of fancy pages. And only $19.99. They would NEVER have allowed such from some unknown or 'lesser' author. I'm glad I didn't know that at the beginning. Because for some reason I find it to be kind of creepy. (less)
Poor Ava, who is all beautiful-but-too-innocent-to-know-it, is all about being a proper lady and upholding her family's honor, blah, blah. The problem...morePoor Ava, who is all beautiful-but-too-innocent-to-know-it, is all about being a proper lady and upholding her family's honor, blah, blah. The problem is that she's actually kind of smart and she really wants to go to Oxford, which is NOT a proper thing for a lady to do at the turn of the 20th Century. Oh, and she has the hots for an Indian dude who isn't rich. Not cool. Throw in a lot more scandal, evil step-mother and step-sister, oh yeah and a GAY step-brother! (that's my favorite part) and you have Cinders and Sapphires. Wait! There's also Rose, who is the maid AND Ava's dad's illegitimate daughter. (yeah, the evil steps totally catch wind of that because of THEIR, also evil and super devious, maid.) it's too much!!!!! it's a soap opera. i love it. (less)
I get that this is part of a series and all, but it makes me nervous when a book doesn't really have any ending whatsoever. I'm already worried that t...moreI get that this is part of a series and all, but it makes me nervous when a book doesn't really have any ending whatsoever. I'm already worried that the author just doesn't know how to write endings and the last book will dissapoint me. Sigh. I really need to work on living in the moment.
P.S. I think I really liked it though - the book, that is. Minus the non-ending. (Books need ENDINGS! This ain't no tv show.)(less)