Doreen is back in another volume filled with crazy adventures, bad guys from space, and plenty of guest appearances. Squirrel Girl gains some awesomeDoreen is back in another volume filled with crazy adventures, bad guys from space, and plenty of guest appearances. Squirrel Girl gains some awesome friends in Squirrel You Know It's True, and she continues to fight crime and save the world in her lovely unconventional way. ...more
Kate Karyus Quinn has a fantastic imagination, and the skills to translate that onto the page.
Everyone knows Lennie's name. After her criminal fatherKate Karyus Quinn has a fantastic imagination, and the skills to translate that onto the page.
Everyone knows Lennie's name. After her criminal father killed a few people during a heist and got away with it, it's hard to just live your life, which is exactly what Lennie wants. But there are more secrets in her family - including the fact that she can grant wishes. Which her uncles did not tell her. And now she has granted a dozen wishes to drunk teenagers by accident. Whoops.
I have been hooked to Quinn's books from the moment I read (Don't You) Forget About Me. Her stories are fantastic, nostalgic, and always resonate with me. Down With the Shine has plenty of moments that will break your heart, but overall I found the tone to be relatively light and humorous. Much of what happens is absolutely absurd and Lennie's adventure made me think of a teen Alice in Wonderland. Granting all those wishes has led Lennie down the rabbit hole, but will she ever return to normalcy?
This author does voice very well, and Lennie was realistic and relatable throughout all the madness that is thrown her way. Down With the Shine has a cute hate/love interest and I enjoyed their permanent banter. I mention this in my reviews quite often, but no sweeping declarations of eternal love here. Just two teenagers having a crush on each other, and both not ready to admit it yet.
My only issue with the book is that at some point it tried to tie together too many storylines. Though it never got to the point where it got confusing, I did not feel invested in all aspects of the story, most notably that related to Lennie's father. I can't pin-point the exact reason I did not care for that part. Maybe it was one step too far? Maybe that storyline was not set up enough? It wasn't a large issue, but it did temper my excitement for this novel a bit.
Overall Down With the Shine is a great novel of wonkiness and awkward teens being awkward teens and family members that are never exactly who you expected them to be. ...more
What a lovely story, featuring a spunky heroine that I rooted for. I did manage to guess the identity of the evil mastermind behind the story's happenWhat a lovely story, featuring a spunky heroine that I rooted for. I did manage to guess the identity of the evil mastermind behind the story's happenings, though....more
Horror books in the YA genre often seem to be a rather flimsy excuse for smooching in dark corners rather than providing actual scares. The Girl fromHorror books in the YA genre often seem to be a rather flimsy excuse for smooching in dark corners rather than providing actual scares. The Girl from the Well does not fit this picture at all, featuring no romance to speak of and scenes reminiscent of popular horror movies like The Ring.
Okiku is a vengeful spirit. She is compelled to hunt those who have killed children, giving them their deserved horrible death. She has subsided in this manner for centuries, but when she notices a boy with strange tattoos, the monotony of her existence is shaken up.
Interestingly, The Girl from the Well is mostly told from Okiku's point of view, yet the focus of the story is not Okiku herself but rather Tark and his cousin Callie. Tark's story is slowly revealed while Okiku observes the humans, seldom interfering herself. In a way, this was rather unsatisfactory - there is little room for emotional depth because Okiku only observes actions. The reader is constantly reminded of a distance between themselves and the characters. Additionally, I would have loved to learn more about Okiku and her past. Many readers aren't very enarmoured with flashbacks, but I think in this case more insights into her past would have strengthened the narrative.
The upside of Okiku's point of view is that The Girl from the Well is written in a highly visual manner. Combined with a subject matter - Japanese mythology - that is relatively in the public conciousness through horror movies such as The Ring, the book provides some very hauntingly familiar images.
Very creepy though ultimately never truly scary because of the distance between the reader and the characters, The Girl from the Well is a short but enjoyable read. Especially its basis in Japanese folklore makes the novel worthwhile.
It has been over two years since I last read The Picture of Dorian Gray, yet it has not lost any of its luster in the meantime. The story of the youngIt has been over two years since I last read The Picture of Dorian Gray, yet it has not lost any of its luster in the meantime. The story of the young, vain, and impressionable Dorian Gray and his corruption at the hands of Lord Henry is fascinating still.
Here are some of my favourite quotes:
When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
I forgot how wonderfully bizarre Soulless is. The snark is so strong. On reread I realize how little I actually remembered froLOOK AT ME, I'M READING.
I forgot how wonderfully bizarre Soulless is. The snark is so strong. On reread I realize how little I actually remembered from the story - I could still recall the lovely romance between Alexia and Lord Maccon, but the entire plotline of vampires and werewolves going missing slipped my mind.
Soulless is a fantastic urban fantasy book, original in its combination of alternate history and paranormal elements, all in a well-written and funny package. Am looking forward to reading the other Parasol Protectorate books....more