Beauty Queens is a wonderful story about how the Liberal Agenda triumphs over Crass Commercialism Ideals. It's about Woman Power and Being Yourself, nBeauty Queens is a wonderful story about how the Liberal Agenda triumphs over Crass Commercialism Ideals. It's about Woman Power and Being Yourself, no matter who thinks you should be someone else. It's about not falling into the self-hate trap that the media so desperately wants to sell young women. It is a book that every young woman should read.
And then promptly read just about any newspaper, eat a bag of sodium, and realize that all of the ideals Bray is spooning into you, the real world is trying to rip away from you.
Books like this is at once a refreshing change and a frustrating slap in the face. It's refreshing to read something that says "it's okay to be you, for whatever value of you it is." But at the same time, it's frustrating to have all of these ideals pitted so obviously against "the opposition." Not all conservatives are hypocritical. Not all corporations are evil. And while we're doing our best to allow our girls to be all they can be, lets not make men into The Bad Guy, okay?
This book was wittily and wonderfully written. The themes were deep but covered with enough humor that it tasted good going down. The characters, who I didn't want to like, made me love them, even for their shallow, not-as-clever-as-me flaws. All in all, I think it's a wonderful, powerful book.
It just makes me want to read something that's pro-conservative now, in an effort to not be a hypocrite....more
I have NO IDEA why I enjoy this series so much. Honestly, Megan and Ash annoy the HELL out of me. I think she's a blithering idiot, and he's not muchI have NO IDEA why I enjoy this series so much. Honestly, Megan and Ash annoy the HELL out of me. I think she's a blithering idiot, and he's not much better. But then there are all of the OTHER characters (Puck - swoon) who I absolutely ADORE, and the sheer storytelling is enthralling. Honestly, I SHOULDN'T love this series. But, I do....more
**flail** ...**FLAIL** BOTH Coyote AND Morrison?! Not. Fair!! **sighs** What IS it with UFs and authors saying "You're my MC, therefore, your life mus**flail** ...**FLAIL** BOTH Coyote AND Morrison?! Not. Fair!! **sighs** What IS it with UFs and authors saying "You're my MC, therefore, your life must SUCK"?...more
This is the second Levithan book that I've read, and I have to say I really enjoy his writing. Before stumbling across him, the only GLBT fiction thatThis is the second Levithan book that I've read, and I have to say I really enjoy his writing. Before stumbling across him, the only GLBT fiction that I had read was Melusine, and, while that book is beautiful, it takes itself very seriously. Levithan's approach to the subject, while presenting some very serious ideas, also shows the absurd, and I think that's one of the reasons I love it.
One of the most important things that this (and Boy Meets Boy) never fails to forget is that the characters are kids. Kids on the verge of adulthood, just discovering and trying to figure out what life is and how they want to be. The characters are complex, and messy, real. They all have faults. They all have their own points of view. They're all simply trying to Figure Stuff Out.
The book made me laugh so hard I was crying. It made me choke up and want to hug the characters and tell them that things would be okay. I wanted to tell the parents that I thought they were awesome. Basically, Green and Levithan made me care. It was, I felt, a heart-warming, fun ride that I won't soon forget. And Tiny? I appreciate you....more
AWESOME book!!!!! When I got the book, I thought that it'd be another Dresden knock-off; I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. It was more like SAWESOME book!!!!! When I got the book, I thought that it'd be another Dresden knock-off; I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. It was more like Simon Green's Secret History series - only GOOD. Can't wait to read the next book....more
I think it's an amazing read. Wonderfully written, amazingly balanced, fantastically paced, and lovingly worded. It's probably the best modern fantasyI think it's an amazing read. Wonderfully written, amazingly balanced, fantastically paced, and lovingly worded. It's probably the best modern fantasy that I've come across - twisting the Disney and Grimm Brothers in such a way that make it feel like something unique and familiar at the same time. Needless to say, I love this book. The ending was the ending that I think epitomizes a fairy tale: bittersweet. One half Narnia, one half reality, spiced with just enough hope to give it sweetness without sappiness. Wonderful, wonderful book....more
One quote from the book that I particularly cared for: “I should rather have you than a heap of gold, even if it were very comfortable tRating: 4 paws
One quote from the book that I particularly cared for: “I should rather have you than a heap of gold, even if it were very comfortable to sleep on.”
Summary of the book in one sentence: Capt. Will Laurence unexpectedly becomes the partner of a particularly intelligent dragon, and the training of both of them into the strange new world of the dragon corp. ————– First paw consists of the writing style - this is the technical aspect of the book. I’ll admit, it took me a bit of an adjustment period to get used to Novik’s writing style. While it isn’t as lyrical/poetical as some that I’ve come across, she’s certainly the kind who’s painting a word picture instead of being succinct and “just” telling a story, and I really have to be in the mood for that kind of thing. However, once I got in to her style, I found myself spell-bound and really enjoyed myself. The entire story seemed to flow, and nothing rocked me out of the world that she created. The writing was beautifully crafted.
The second paw is “emotional connection” – basically, was I *interested* in what I was reading? I have to be honest, I don’t normally go for historical fiction. Had a friend of mine not suggested that I read this, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. So, I wasn’t expecting to have quite as much connection that I did have to it. However, I was drawn in to this world, and made to care about even the tertiary characters. It was definitely the kind of world that I want to spend many many more hours in. And, fortunately, I can.
Third paw is plot – akin to writing style, but purely about The Story. While I probably would have liked it more, had I a firmer grasp on what actually happened in the Napoleonic wars/period, it’s really not necessary for the audience. Novik manages to create a world that and story that makes sense without knowing what historically happened, and makes that world come alive. While I don’t remember being thrown by any of the plot twists (okay, so, I don’t remember any plot twists at all,) I do remember that I was never bored with the book.
The last paw is “Other Stuff,” which is pretty much anything that doesn’t go into another category but is still note-worthy. Historical fiction that has DRAGONS in it. Do I really have to say anything else? Yes? Okay, how about: Historical fiction that has dragons as a realistic part of history and is a series of awesome books....more
I honestly can't rate this book. I read it the first time as a child, and it stuck with me for a long time, making me try to find it over and over agaI honestly can't rate this book. I read it the first time as a child, and it stuck with me for a long time, making me try to find it over and over again, until I finally did, as an adult. For that reason, I rated it a five, because, as a child, I adored this book. But, on the re-read, it just wasn't as good. I've read a lot of books in the meantime, and I've come to notice themes that I didn't when I was younger. As an adult, it was a two star. So, take that as you will....more