I loved the second books of the Penderwick girls adventures even more than the first. You already know the funny and sunny characters and you appreciaI loved the second books of the Penderwick girls adventures even more than the first. You already know the funny and sunny characters and you appreciate then even more. What a wonderful little family the Penderwicks are!
Great book for children (even the big ones like me)...more
Ok well I give up, page 178. When I come to think about it, I should have listen to the warning sign I felt in page 8 (which is actually the 2nd pageOk well I give up, page 178. When I come to think about it, I should have listen to the warning sign I felt in page 8 (which is actually the 2nd page of the 1st chapter) when Kelsey, our dear MC, stand in line to ACTUALLY GET A JOB HANDLE TO HER. Like for real, she was just waiting for her turn.
Granted, for a 2 week summer job but still like WHAT?
So yes I gave up, 176 pages later. Because trust me (if you want) it didn't get better.
All those little things like then accepting to be the tiger's caretaker all the way to India after only two weeks because of course she has a connection to the animal (she reads Shakespeare and poems to him, you see) so it's perfectly sane to give the job to a untrained 17yo (whatever their twisted reading were) and for her to accept. Of course. And fly her a few days later (she has no passport btw).
But you see, they asked nicely. So to this point, I was "hum ok, let's see what happen in India"
And then, her non-english driver drops her and her Tiger in the middle of a town so she puts a rope around his neck (see the Tiger is very nice with her. This part doesn't actually bother me except for the extreme predictability it represents) but the Tiger decide to go into the jungle so OF COURSE SHE FOLLOWS HIM AND THEY END UP FALLING ASLEEP TOGETHER SO THE NEXT DAY SHE CAN RESUME FOLLOWING HER SO-TRUSTWORTHY-TIGER INTO TO JUNGLE BECAUSE HE OBVIOUSLY KNOWS THE WAY.
Way to the creep house in the middle of the jungle where he manipulated her (from the circus and across the ocean! Neat!) to go so he could jump-surprise her TADAAA I'M A 300yo INDIAN PRINCE! Happy?!!! And she pretty much is you know. They have the same eyes after all!
You know, the Tiger prince isn't the matter here. Believing in magic when you read is one of the most amazing thing a story can give you. But for it to work, and it may sound paradoxal, the story, world building and the characters NEED to seem real. Especially if the story is set in "our world".
I was expecting a different story, mainly because of the Indian setting and was severely disappointed. One of the other major reason was that the MC is not Indian. I think the story starting in India directly, with a Indian girl protagonist could have help prevent a lot of the stupid things I disliked in the book. Or who knows, it could have been even worse.
So yes, I am quitting this book. There are many other things wrong with it but other reviewers said it better than I ever could so I'll live it here for me.
Ok I wasn't expecting to laugh but Pierce is quite funny. Especially toward the end. I'm not sure she's supposed to be, but her hysteria made me smileOk I wasn't expecting to laugh but Pierce is quite funny. Especially toward the end. I'm not sure she's supposed to be, but her hysteria made me smile a lot. It was a nice story. Quite confusing at time (mostly because I wasn't paying much attention at the beginning) but nice nonetheless. Going to start book 2 tomorrow.
EDIT: ok I read a few reviews and, yes i had to read the reviews to pinpoint sth (it happens), in fhis case why she made me laugh, and it's because she's a little stupid. I mean, I mostly read it in negative reviews but I don't actually mean it in a bad way. Yes, she's definitely not the brightest of the bunch but not all heroines have to be the angstiest, deadly serious girl around (not tthat they all are ;) My point being is she made me laugh (or smile mostly), and yes it can seem inappropriate in a book who's supposed to be based on the myth of Persephone and Hades, you know, with all the deaths and all, but I'm reading a Meg Cabot book here and somewhat, I can feel it. Not her best? Yes, that's sure. But I found the little touches of humor and lightness more than welcome and I'm happy to listen to Pierce's ramblings. I get the situation is not ideal, what is supposed to be the romance even less, but not for a minute I thought Meg Cabot was actually approving of anger/controlling/abusive relationships. But on that point I'll have to (and I will soon) read the 2 following books to see how it goes. ...more
Yep got to say I haven't finished it. I read more than half of the book when I realised I didn't care at all and didn't see the point to continue. I dYep got to say I haven't finished it. I read more than half of the book when I realised I didn't care at all and didn't see the point to continue. I don't do this very often but i have apparenlty no patience left today......more