I am so glad that there's a sequel to This Much Is True! I really liked seeing what was going on with Tally and Elvis, and even though things were rouI am so glad that there's a sequel to This Much Is True! I really liked seeing what was going on with Tally and Elvis, and even though things were rough for them, like really rough, they did get through it. And I really hope that there's another book, because I feel like their story is far from over. It definitely stands on its own, and even though you don't need to read the first book in order to know what's going on in this book, I think it's a really good idea to read the first one in order to fully get how much these two have been through. It has more of an impact when you understand everything that's happened. And I just loved it, and it was heart-breaking but not heart-breaking and angsty the way This Much Is True was. I don't know if it's because of the weird reading funk I've been going through, but it didn't hit me emotionally the way I thought it was.
Rating: 5 stars for being such a great story, and for keeping their story...very true to them, and who they are as a couple and as people. ...more
I thought Doll Bones was okay. If I were in elementary school or middle school, I'd probably love the adventure but it didn't quite work for me. I thiI thought Doll Bones was okay. If I were in elementary school or middle school, I'd probably love the adventure but it didn't quite work for me. I think because one of them was way more into imaginary adventures than the other two, and it seemed weird that no one would notice a few kids wandering around by themselves for a while. I know they need to in order to fulfill their quest, but something about it made it hard to get into. It is clear that there's a very established story in the world they created, and that is a story I'd love to read...it seems much more interesting than the three kids growing out of their imaginary adventures. But I do think some people will like it, even if it wasn't for me.
Rating: 2 stars, for reasons I mentioned above....more
I liked Huntress! I think I would have liked it more if I hadn't read it at a time when focusing on anything except staring blankly into space. TimingI liked Huntress! I think I would have liked it more if I hadn't read it at a time when focusing on anything except staring blankly into space. Timing really is important when it comes to reading, because I felt like nature hanging in the balance really didn't come through. I think a few other things didn't make a lot of sense when I was reading it, but I honestly can't remember what they are now! She did create a really interesting world, from what I can remember and after reading Adaptation recently (and really liking that world), I do want to go back and re-read it, since I really do think I read it at the wrong time, and my thoughts on the book suffered because of it. Anyway, I liked that Kaede and Taisin live in a world where same-sex marriage is rare but also...not a big deal at all, especially when it comes to arranged marriages and marrying for alliances.
Rating: 3 stars. I liked it and I really wish I had read it at a time when I had more energy to focus on it, because I think I would have like it a lot more. I'm definitely going to have to re-read it. ...more
Even though Ask Me No Questions was just okay for me, I'm still really glad I read it. This book really got me thinking about so many things- like whaEven though Ask Me No Questions was just okay for me, I'm still really glad I read it. This book really got me thinking about so many things- like what it's like to be an illegal immigrant, and a Muslim in a post-9/11 world, and what happens when there's a huge possibility of being deported. While it's not an issue I pay a lot of attention to, it does seem like most of the focus is on those who are coming from Central America, particularly Mexico, but I do think a lot of it is because it's not something I pay attention to, and also partly because I live in San Diego, which does border part of Mexico.
As much as I appreciate how much it made me think, I really wish we saw more of their life before seeking asylum in Canada. I know we got random glimpses of it through flashbacks (which were really confusing because they randomly appeared with no warning) but I think it really would have shed more light on what it was like for them coming to the U.S. and what they had to go through to become U.S. citizens.
Rating: 2 stars. I definitely had some issues with Ask Me No Questions, but I still feel like it's a really important book to read! It definitely got me thinking about so many things....more