~Amazon Description~ What if God were a teenaged boy?
In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatu...more~Amazon Description~ What if God were a teenaged boy?
In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of cute girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a heap at the side of his bed.
Every time he falls in love, Earth erupts in natural disasters, and it's usually Bob's beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who is left cleaning up the mess. So humankind is going to be very sorry indeed that Bob ever ran into a beautiful, completely irresistible girl called Lucy . . .
Hmm… Probably not the best way to start a book review, but there you go. I still don’t quite know what to think about Rosoff’s newest YA novel, perhaps because I’ve never asked myself what it would be like if God were a teenage boy.
The Bad: The plot starts pretty quickly, and Rosoff offers some background information along the way to try and fill in holes which is nice, but several plot points seemed rushed, unnecessary, and others seemed to drag on forever. I didn’t really like any of the characters because I never felt like I really got to know any of them. As the pieces of the plot began to unfold, I didn’t really care enough about any of them to worry, feel sympathy, or cheer them on. Well, that’s not entirely true. Where most adults can find solace in the fact that teenagers will eventually grow up, Mr. B, Bob’s personal assistant, has been stuck with the lazy teenager for thousands of years, a situation that would eventually wear you down. I felt a little sorry for Mr. B.
The Good: Rosoff definitely gets the angsty, lusty teenage boy just right. The plot is original, daring, and often hilarious in a thoughtful way. Estelle, a fellow goddess, anchors the story by bringing a composure and steady movement forward that many of the other characters lacked. And the miracles, oh the miracles. Can you imagine seeing the fish of the sea flying through the air? A giant whale hovering just a few feet above your head?
The Final Verdict: If nothing else, the book makes you think. Listen to the teenagers around you, even when they’re driving you crazy. Be mindful of your emotions and how they might affect the world. And remember there is always room for hope, and just maybe, a few miracles. I would recommend the book for some light reading, and I’d love to hear what you think! (less)
By Dan Krokos Available August 14, 2012 Netgalley.com 3.5/5 Gnomes
Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mys...moreBy Dan Krokos Available August 14, 2012 Netgalley.com 3.5/5 Gnomes
Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.
Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can't remember loving.
Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter...when there may not be a future.
I tried to write my own quick summary, but after twenty minutes of "So there's this girl, and she does this thing with her mind..." I decided to go with a nice description already created. Science fiction can sometimes be tricky to explain, and I wanted this book to receive the justice it deserves.
So there's this girl, and she does this thing with her mind...Genetically manipulated teens are fighting an evil organization to save the world. Even though it might sound a little familiar the writing is fast-paced, filled with some great fight scenes, and has intrigue around every corner. Can you imagine meeting your evil doppelganger clone who wants you to use a power you don't fully understand to destroy whole cities? Kind of creepy.
Following a theme of several books I've been reading lately, the story centers around a strong, independent female protagonist. Miranda North can hold her own in any fight, especially when two boys are vying for her attention, and the boys, while protective, let her kick some serious butt.
On the surface, the plot may seem to follow a well-worn template, but the SciFi elements are intriguing and the action well worth the read.
If you like books filled with adventure, wicked weapons, and ninja like fight scenes this is a definite must. You might also like:
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
The Recruit (Cherub series) by Robert Muchamore
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride series) by James Patterson(less)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making By Catherynne M. Valente YA VAL 3.5 Stars
Twelve-year-old September...moreThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making By Catherynne M. Valente YA VAL 3.5 Stars
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
Imagine if The Wizard of Oz fell down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland and traveled a crazy world with Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth…that’s sort of what The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is like. Valente’s fairyland is a dangerous place filled with odd individuals, wild bicycles, and a rather manic tyrant of a queen. Like all good fairytales, September learns a variety of lessons along the way that help her make right decisions in the end. The book jumps right into the adventure with very little setup which threw me off for a while, but after being introduced fully to September and her adventure, I really started to enjoy the story. I’m a sucker for a good fairytale, and the story had it all (good vs. evil, sincere inhabitants that help the main character, danger around every corner). It also had fun chapter titles that summarized what was about to happen, which I LOVE! For lovers of classic stories like the ones mentioned earlier, or just feel-good adventure stories, check out Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. (less)