**spoiler alert** This book reminded me of The Craft, but with a less melodramatic edge.
Through out the novel, I was thinking to myself that their "po**spoiler alert** This book reminded me of The Craft, but with a less melodramatic edge.
Through out the novel, I was thinking to myself that their "powers" weren't really real. Nor do I find the actions of Cassandra's parents to be wholly believable. Cassandra's arc is interesting, but I found that it came a bit too late in the novel Ella's arc was also an interesting tale, but I found her to be rather thin. Chloe, and Isabelle seems to be an interesting pair, both were thin, I found.
I found the book entertaining, but not one of the best. ...more
Cute lighte heRted story. i like how the book didn't end up in a romance, Nor was the book wholly about a romance. It was about a group of friends leaCute lighte heRted story. i like how the book didn't end up in a romance, Nor was the book wholly about a romance. It was about a group of friends learning about each other. The main character is a bit unlikeable, but on the whole. that's perfectly ok. ...more
As a Canadian, I really appreciated this tittle. It was an interesting take on World History. The dragon element is not overwhelming nor is it cheesy.As a Canadian, I really appreciated this tittle. It was an interesting take on World History. The dragon element is not overwhelming nor is it cheesy. Excellent, book, and I look forward to reading more titles....more
I found the book to be very hyperbolic. The elements were there for this books to be fantastic. I enjoyed the premises if the book, but I found that tI found the book to be very hyperbolic. The elements were there for this books to be fantastic. I enjoyed the premises if the book, but I found that there was just too many elements in this novel. Solid effort. ...more
Just to put this into context. I worked a full day, went to the gym, had a quick shopping trip, took my youthI started AND finished this novel today.
Just to put this into context. I worked a full day, went to the gym, had a quick shopping trip, took my youth out bowling; and I read this book today.
Dan's family lost their home. They are forced to move into Dignityville, a tent settlement for the other homeless in the city.
A thinly veiled Occupy settlement, Strasser could have gone very preachy with this novel, but he manages to find the right balance. Dan is an insightful character who is not without his own flaws and merits, and he surrounds himself with a variety of characters. Everyone is multi-dimensioned. ...more
The story centres around Carlos, a Guatemalan boy in the 1980s during the conflict between the rebels and the army. In a fictional village. Carlos' viThe story centres around Carlos, a Guatemalan boy in the 1980s during the conflict between the rebels and the army. In a fictional village. Carlos' village gets attacked by the army, and Carlos must flee to a village further up the mountain. Along the way, he meets up with a couple of rebels.
I really enjoyed this verse book. I found her words lyrical, and accessible. Her page layouts makes it so that you can read in the text in multiple ways that make sense to the story. New perspectives can be discovered if one read the texts in a different way.
Brown as a FAQ in the back of the book, along with a glossary. She's open about her experience and her lens. Writing about another culture can be "othering." As someone who is often so careful about appropriation. Brown's handling of the subject matter is respectful and truthful about her research practices. In many ways, her story could have been transplanted in another time period and another part of the world going through similar tensions, and the tale would have worked just as well. Reading Carlos' story reminded me a bit of various revolutions.
I read the story in just under 3 hours, and it's a fast pace book with a lot of drama, but with a lot of literary merit.
**spoiler alert** #Trigger Warning - Mentions of Sexual Abuse
I read this book within a day, and it's a gripping tale.
Aidan is an upper class sophomor**spoiler alert** #Trigger Warning - Mentions of Sexual Abuse
I read this book within a day, and it's a gripping tale.
Aidan is an upper class sophomore in a private school. His dad ran off to Europe. HIs mother is recovering from the split, and Aidan is dealing with a dark secret. He was abused by an influential priest within the Catholic Church, Father Greg. While people know about the scandal, the church wants to keep it under wraps and not want this abuse to come to light.
Set around the aftermath of 9/11 (I think), Aidan hates the upper society, and wishes that he could just tell people to "Take off their fucking face" or drop the mask. Ironically, I think that this sentiment is Aidan's own task and struggle and facing his fears. Aidan pushes away the trauma even when confronted with the truth.
Aidan is an incredibly self-centred character, but is fragile as well. You can see the layers of abuse, and it's quite amazing how Kiely wrote Aidan. When Aidan critiques his society, he is really critiquing himself. Even during English Class, Aidan studies Frankenstein, and Aidan's view that the Creature just wanted a companion - to know that he wasn't alone mirrors Aidan's own journey in this book.
While I didn't get some of the satisfaction I wanted to see, the book is not graphic in its depiction. I still felt uncomfortable reading this book and I should have. Kiely did an amazing job of trying to navigate the waters in this tale, and the Church's attempt at covering up. I don't think that the church comes off in a fantastic light, we see Father Greg's superior reign him in, but still trying to protect the reputation of the church. He is a flawed and vain figure within the book. Even the house keeper's refusal to help with Aidan is a bit perplexing as I'm not entirely sure why she couldn't help him. I didn't get the hesitation.
It took me a two tries to get into a book. Sometimes, I need to wait for the right moment to read a book. Let me make aI very much enjoyed this book.
It took me a two tries to get into a book. Sometimes, I need to wait for the right moment to read a book. Let me make a big disclaimer here. I was very concerned that the J.C. Carleson othered Laila within the story. Carleson a former C.I.A. operative who worked in Iraq for quite some time as an undercover is remarkably brave. While Carleson's background is unknown (am I'm ok with that) because I think that Carleson did a great job at capturing both Modern North American Culture, and Middle Eastern Culture as well. Having worked with the Muslim population for about 3 years now, I have a very small sense of what their values are. From what I can see, Carleson's was able to highlight and showcase both sides of the coin.
Laila is a dictator's daughter who comes to American after her Uncle takes over her former country. Laila's tale is of a newcomer trying to settle into American and to figure out her places within a society. My thoughts on this book is tough because I cannot attest to the veracity of Laila's experience, but I feel that there is a sense of truth behind Laila's her newcomer experience.
I have not read another YA novel quite like this. It's a neutral. America is not a magical land of milk and honey, nor was her former country a beacon of hope either. Laila sees both the positives and the negatives. It's a balanced view, and an authentic portrayal from what I can see. Please bear in mind that I'm reading this novel as a Irish-French Canadian whose has lived in Canada her entire life.
A unique p.o.v and unlike anything else I've read in the YA field...more
While this is the first in the series, I'm sitting here wondering why there needs to be.
For a 16 year old year, this book reads as a Full House episodWhile this is the first in the series, I'm sitting here wondering why there needs to be.
For a 16 year old year, this book reads as a Full House episode with a handful of "Shits" to jazz it up. I think that there is a bit of a market for a more conservative. There are moments within the book that are truly adorable, and I think that is amazing. I found myself screaming, "Oh my god" or laughing out loud. Laura Jean seems to be a follower and a bit of a door mat.
The fact that Laura Jean is privilege doesn't bother me as I feel that YA spans the spectrum of reality. Do I think that Laura Jean is sheltered? Yes. So I think that Margot is condescending, judgmental, jealous? Yes. DO I feel like Kitty needs an attitude adjustment? Of course. It sounds so strange that she best friend is Chris - a party girl.
However, I like the relationship between Peter and Laura Jean. They seems to be opposite that actually work. It the only aspect of the book that I enjoyed. I hated the way that the book ends, not because of the non-ending because I know that there is another instalment, but I think that the argument between Margot and Laura Jean is unrealistic and was over too quickly....more
I've tried to read this book about 3 times, and I simply get confused and lost in the story. I haven't read the first two installment and I think thatI've tried to read this book about 3 times, and I simply get confused and lost in the story. I haven't read the first two installment and I think that's where I'm going wrong. I can see the teen appeal of the book, but it's like starting to read Games of The Thrones in the middle of book one and try to keep all of the story lines going.
I found the writing a bit hyperbolic at times.
I got very confused with all of the twisting stories.
The rating is due to my confusion about what is going and the back stories. I had to flip back and forth constantly. I'm sure that it flows within the series, but as a stand alone the novel doesn't really work for me.
Within 30 mins, I forgot a lot of the plot line and most of the key points. I really enjoyed the author's noteI found this book entirely forgettable.
Within 30 mins, I forgot a lot of the plot line and most of the key points. I really enjoyed the author's note at the end, and how someone eventually went over the Berlin Wall.
What I did like about this book was the story about the Turks within West Berlin and the idea of foreign workers within a country. I thought that was a nice touch and a good bit of history injected into the story. ...more
A solid read. The layout of the novel, and even feel of the verses reminds me a bit of Saul Williams' Said the Shotgun To the Head. (ps@kwamealexander
A solid read. The layout of the novel, and even feel of the verses reminds me a bit of Saul Williams' Said the Shotgun To the Head. (ps. One of my top ten books) The storytelling feels rhymic, and it hits a chord. While Williams is more in line with spoken word tradition, I hear the music in Alexander's words. The bounce of the ball provided the beat with the lyrics over top.
The only thing detracting is that I think the twins were suppose to be in grade 7, but they felt older to me. The Bell boys read as if they were in grade 9 or 10 rather than still being in Junior High.
The story is about a family, a dad with health problems, the mom, two twin brothers, all dealing with their own issues.
I wouldn't call this a YA novel, but I wouldn't call it a children's book either. Very accessible, a fast read, a pleasurable read. Alexander pulled off a great book. I look forward to reading more from this author. ...more