The Ultra-Violets was a fun and cute read for younger girls. I thought the plot line was interesting but it was very very full of rainbows and sparkle...moreThe Ultra-Violets was a fun and cute read for younger girls. I thought the plot line was interesting but it was very very full of rainbows and sparkles (as in only girly girls would enjoy this book). I found the characters to be pretty flat, as in "this is the tomboy", "this is the girly girl", but likable. I thought that Opal was the most multi layered of the characters and I thought her development from passive to overly aggressive and evil was interesting. A couple things that I'm not sure how I feel about: the book has a lot of reference to pop culture things that I'm not sure younger kids would be able to identify. The references made sense to me and were funny because I knew what the author was talking about, but I'm not sure if my eleven year old self would have known. Also, the book talks about a lot of things that may be old news in a couple of years, but at the same time the book itself seems to take place in a futuristic world.... I would like to know more about when and where the story takes place, I think the city could have been developed a lot more. That said, I found it readable and cute. I thought that one of the best parts of the book was its narrative style and I also really liked how it didn't take itself very seriously. I can imagine my younger self enjoying reading it.
Unable to finish. Found I sort of lost the plot in the middle of the book. The characters were not developed or three dimensional enough to encourage...moreUnable to finish. Found I sort of lost the plot in the middle of the book. The characters were not developed or three dimensional enough to encourage me to continue reading. Interesting premise though and the writing was good.(less)
I thought this book started off really well, during the first 100 pages or so I kept saying, Oh my God, this is...more**Read and reviewed for Michel Lafon.
I thought this book started off really well, during the first 100 pages or so I kept saying, Oh my God, this is so good. And then suddenly something happened and the book just fell apart. The narrator lost his voice and the other characters started doing things for reasons I didn’t understand. The story continued to move forward but the writing grew sloppier, as did the editing. (Example of that, page 262, the narrator describes Jake sitting next to Brayden and has a conversation with him, but on page 263, the narrator says that Jake and Sahalia are stirring, which links us back to how ten pages earlier Jake had fallen asleep on the floor. So what happened? Did he go to sleep, wake up and sit by Brayden, then in a matter of seconds go back to the place he was before and go to sleep and wake up again?) At first I really liked Dean’s voice but by page 100 I felt that he had completely lost his character and that he had become simply eyes to see the story through. His narration began just to describe what was happening instead showing his reaction to it. (There was also a lot of telling rather than showing in the writing, and writing class 101 SHOW DON’T TELL…I obviously spent too much time at Iowa Young Writers Studio, I’ve been brainwashed.) I found some of the characters totally confusing. I didn’t understand Jake’s demise, though I did find the idea, that sometimes the people who seem to be the strongest are really the weakest, interesting, but I didn’t understand why that was the case with Jake. It felt too much like the author was trying to send a message across to the reader but the character ended up being confusing and not developing well. Also the ending? I thought it was terrible. I thought it completely formed a roadblock in the story and makes me not want to read the sequel. I don’t really care about Astrid and Dean’s relationship, I care much more about the other characters and their journey to Alaska. I do care about Dean’s fantasies of Astrid, but I want them to stay just that, fantasies. I think the idea of his being sort of obsessed with his mental image of her is interesting but the whole premise that he would stay in the store because she asked him to and because she convinced him to (under the argument about their blood types, but c’mon they’ll be sedated!), I think, is completely unrealistic and also something a teenage boy wouldn’t do. He wouldn’t let his brother leave without him and he wouldn’t give up the chance to see his parents again. I think it was an incredibly weak character decision and also makes the premise of the sequel pretty uninteresting. We’ve already read an entire book that took place in the store, do we have to read an entire other book that does as well? This book wasn’t bad, and was actually quite good at certain points, but I think that there are plenty of stronger YA books that have more interesting characters, plots, and better writing. (less)
This book was a lot of fun to read. It was geared toward a younger audience, I’d say best for 8-12, but I still e...more**read and reviewed for Michel Lafon.
This book was a lot of fun to read. It was geared toward a younger audience, I’d say best for 8-12, but I still enjoyed it because I love reading books that use fairytales in interesting ways. The characters had funny dialogue, especially Alex and Connor, though many times I found they said things that were too mature for their age. The world was great, I liked the idea of how each fairytale got its own kingdom. I also liked how the fairytale characters were all intertwined in interesting ways. Jack and Goldilocks! Who would have thought? It was also easy to read and though it could have been edited better at places, the writing was pretty good. My main issue with the story was that sometimes it seemed TOO easy to get the objects and that the “adult” characters (the adult fairytale characters) acted like children. I think that it’s fine, though, because the book is intended for a younger audience and most likely that sort of thing wouldn’t bother younger kids. It also seemed a little strange that the Fairy Godmother took so long to find them, she’s the Fairy Godmother! Can’t she just track them down? They could have been rescued a lot earlier and perhaps some explanation on why they weren’t would have made that a bit clearer. This book was really good light reading, even though it touched on darker subjects like the death of a parent, and I can definitely imagine younger kids enjoying it a lot. (less)