I enjoyed Cecelia Ahern's The Book of Tomorrow. Tamara Goodwin felt real as a formerly spoiled teenager for whom everything is crashing around her sinI enjoyed Cecelia Ahern's The Book of Tomorrow. Tamara Goodwin felt real as a formerly spoiled teenager for whom everything is crashing around her since the suicide of her father. Her growing concern for her mother's mental health, her shock-inducing language when speaking with her adults and admitting to knowing better, her reassessment of who her friends are -- these and more are why I loved this character. I liked the other characters, especially Sister Ignatius, who is the type of friend every women needs in her life -- the older, wiser, accepting and unpreachy sort who will always be honest if asked directly, but will keep things to herself when it's not her place to share.
I also enjoyed the story and the mysteriousness surrounding the family background. There were enough twists that I couldn't see everything coming. What prevented me from giving this five stars, was that the ending felt too rushed -- too much telling of what happened in the past, rather than allowing the discovery by Tamara, which I think would have made it better. That's just personal opinion, and I did truly enjoy The Book of Tomorrow. I think it is great YA fiction, and the fantastical elements were not so over-the-top that readers who generally aren't fantasy fans (such as myself) couldn't enjoy it. ...more
I would have rated Megan McCafferty's Bumped higher than three stars, if it were not for the jargon. I understand that were such a situation to existI would have rated Megan McCafferty's Bumped higher than three stars, if it were not for the jargon. I understand that were such a situation to exist as the Virus, that naturally language would evolve to depict life in those times, but so much of the terminology was just plain crass. Totally unnecessary, in my opinion. I could put up with a lot of it, but it was just too much. (Pro Boner work? Really?) The jargon was forced, not at all witty (despite the blurb on my book jacket) and detracted from what was otherwise an enjoyable read.
The positives: 1) The premise is intriguing; 2) It had a brisk, fun pace and I wanted to keep reading; 3) I liked how Melody and Harmony's attitudes evolved and their characters revealed.
The ending was frustrating, but forgiveable (provided the sequel is good.) I'm glad there is a sequel in the works. I look forward to reading it. (I just hope the annoying jargon is toned down a bit.)...more
This was my first experience reading anything by Chuck Palahniuk. I did not enjoy the beginning third or so of Damned -- actually I hated it. I was irThis was my first experience reading anything by Chuck Palahniuk. I did not enjoy the beginning third or so of Damned -- actually I hated it. I was irritated by the Narrator beyond measure and felt Palahniuk was trying too hard to be witty and snarky. This may very well be his writing style, but as I said I am not familiar with his other works.
At some later point in the book Madison grew on me, and perhaps the writing seemed less forced, as the rest of the novel was very enjoyable and quick to read. If there is a sequel then I'll look forward to reading it, but I couldn't rate Damned higher than three stars as my hatred for the beginning ran so deep. I'll have to read more from Chuck Palahniuk before I can decide if is writing is for me....more
(4.5 Stars) Let me begin my review of Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by saying that usually I don't find paranormal-classic mash-ups appealing and woul(4.5 Stars) Let me begin my review of Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by saying that usually I don't find paranormal-classic mash-ups appealing and wouldn't consider reading one. However, someone in my virtual book club read Cinder and recommended it as a fun and interesting read, so I decided to give it a chance... and I loved it. Cinderella as a cyborg? Yes, it works. I adored this retelling of the fairytale classic, and I can't wait for the next of the series to come out.
It's pretty much impossible to retell a beloved classic without there being some predictability, but there were still some surprises that I enjoyed very much. Of course there is a wicked stepmother, stepsisters, a charming prince and a ball. There's even a pumpkin chariot of sorts. But there's also amnesia, a deadly pandemic and intragalactic politics that make for a fascinating and exciting story.
I won't go into more in an effort to avoid spoilers, but I must at least mention the characters Marissa Meyer has crafted. The characters in Cinder are some of my favorite of recent reading. How I loved Cinder, Prince Kai, lovely stepsister Peony and Cinder's android sidekick Iko. And how I loved to hate Andri, the requisite evil stepmother, and Lunar Queen Levana and her minions. I have such strong feelings for these and other characters in Cinder. Although a Cinderella tale should follow its customary formula, I still can't wait to see what happens to them in the next installment of the series.
I wanted to enjoy Boy Meets Boy more than I did. I am a big fan of David Levithan's and I did like this, but not nearly as much as his other works I'vI wanted to enjoy Boy Meets Boy more than I did. I am a big fan of David Levithan's and I did like this, but not nearly as much as his other works I've read. I liked the characters, I loved the town (Can I live there, please? Or at least be buried in that town's cemetery?), and I thought the conflicts faced by Paul and Tony were handled well. (Especially Tony, although he didn't play near as big a part as I'd have liked -- I'd love a sequel with Tony's story and his point of view.) And there were of course some very lovely moments where Levithan's writing shone (although not as frequently as in other books of his I've read), where something is so eloquent and perfect and tugs on just the right emotion.
I'd give this 3.49 stars, choosing to assign it 3 stars rather than 4. What brought the rating down for me personally was how over the top it could be at times. (I also tagged it as fantasy for this reason.) I know it was meant to be fun, and I do appreciate that, but it lessened my enjoyment. Not that I didn't enjoy it -- I did, and many parts very much. I liked how the characters of Paul, Tony, Kyle and Noah struggled in different ways with the same issues. I think if I were younger I'd have less issue with certain elements being too far-fetched (although I'd love a world in which they were not) and probably would have enjoyed it more than I did....more