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
I have so many thoughts about Openly Straight that I'm not quite sure where to start! There a lot of things I really like, but there are also things tI have so many thoughts about Openly Straight that I'm not quite sure where to start! There a lot of things I really like, but there are also things that were really frustrating.
Like, I can relate to Rafe wanting to start over and not do the whole label thing. It's something we can all relate to, because we put labels on ourselves. Others put their own labels on us. And it's annoying and frustrating, because we're more than whatever people label us as. It's something we all have to deal with, and it can be hard when it's all people see us as.
I really understood where Rafe was coming from- people definitely saw him as the gay kid, and didn't seem interested in who he was beyond that. His teachers seemed to constantly want the gay opinion (not my words, by the way, it's phrased that way in the book at one point). Everyone around Rafe is super-supportive, to the point where he felt like he had to transfer to all-boys boarding school on the other side of the country. I don't blame him at all for wanting to get away from it.
A really great example of what he has to deal with is Halloween one year. He dresses up as an '80's rocker chick for Halloween, and everyone's either uncomfortable (pretty much all of his classmates) or they see it as a statement (his teachers) while a couple of kids at his school (straight, if anyone's wondering) did the same type of costume the previous Halloween, and everyone thought it was hilarious. That was one thing that really stood out to me- the fact that he does it, and an uncomfortable statement, just because he's gay, and yet, it's really funny when someone who's straight does it. It's something I never thought about before, and it made me sad that so many of his classmates were uncomortable with his costume. And that people saw it as a statement, even though he didn't mean it that way- he just thought it would be a great costume. It's amazing how people see a type of costume differently, just because of who's wearing it, and I can totally see people reacting the way they did.
I knew pretty early on that not telling his new classmates he's gay was going to backfire, especially when he starting falling for his classmate Ben. Him hiding it was going to end disastrously, and I'm not surprised that it really messes up his relationship with Ben. However, I really like the message that hiding even a piece of who you are never ends well, and can cause a lot of pain. And that replacing one label with another can be just as bad, if not worse, than the one you're trying to get rid of.
I did find myself really frustrated with Rafe at times. By the end of the book, I was finding myself really frustrated with how he was so tired of people making a big deal out of the fact that he was gay. I understand where he's coming from, but at the same time, I felt like he took so much for granted. With all of the news recently, with teens killing themselves because of bullying, I really felt like Rafe didn't realize how lucky he was that he wasn't bullied and that everyone in his life was supportive. His parents are really accepting- they even threw him a coming out party!
It did make me think about whether being really supportive has a negative effect. It's still better than the alternative, of course, but is it possible to be too supportive? It certainly is in Rafe's case. It did feel like everyone in Colorado was trying too hard to show how supportive they were, and it just made them feel stereotypical and flat.
Still, even though I'm not too fond of Rafe, sometimes, we learn by making mistakes. And I really feel for him. He didn't want to be defined by his sexuality, and yet, that's all people seem to expect- that it should define him. You see it more in the flashbacks of his life in Colorado, but I am curious about how it relates to his life at boarding school now that he's come out to his new classmates.
Let's Rate It: I do have mixed feelings. There are things I like (don't be someone you're not, we all have to deal with labels, regardless of who you are) but those are overshadowed by other things, like how much Rafe seemed to take for granted, how uber-supportive everyone else was, and how predictable certain things were. I will say that he did seem to appreciate how lucky he is to have the parents he does, and that certain things needed to be predictable in order for him to realize that he needed to be himself- his whole self and not just part of it. But it still took away from the story a little bit. I still recommend it, because I did start thinking about things I would never think to think about. Openly Straight gets 3 stars....more
I'm not sure what to think about Cut Me Free. Based on the summary, I was expecting something dark. It is YA, so I figured something dark but not tooI'm not sure what to think about Cut Me Free. Based on the summary, I was expecting something dark. It is YA, so I figured something dark but not too dark.
And yet, the book was more about her romance with the guy helping her erase her old life than it was with Charlotte dealing with everything that happened. It wasn't explored as much as I thought or hoped. And this is usually something I don't notice. Even when I do, I'm usually willing to overlook because it tends to not bug me. But this time? It didn't sit right. What we did see of her old life...her new life didn't make a lot of sense to me. I get why she wanted to forget, but I think I would have preferred for it to stay with her a little more. I know it's something people deal with in many different, and that Charlotte's story may represent quite a few people. But the summary made it seem like it was more important than it really was. I felt like the story was going to be more about her past, and it wasn't. The lack of details about her past made it hard to care about her future.
I wish I didn't need her backstory, but this was a case where I really needed it. It just made me feel distanced and removed from what was going on in her life. She also seemed to adapt very well for someone who was basically imprisoned in her own home as a child. Honestly, for someone who was never properly socialized, she should have been a lot more naive and not as street smart as she was in the book. All in all, she did not act how I thought someone who was been through what she has been through should act.
As a thriller, it's your typical YA thriller. Parts of it sort of surprised me, but if you want a decent YA thriller/mystery, you'd probably like this book.
As for the girl that Charlotte takes in, I get why she took her in, and that she recognized that herself in this girl, but it felt like such an afterthought. Especially the part where you learn the girl was a victim of human trafficking. It felt very glossed over and in there just to be in there. Yes, that girl went through some horrible things and that Charlotte sees herself in that girl, wanting to protect her the way she couldn't protect her brother. But something about it didn't sit right with me at all.
Let's Rate It: Cut Me Free didn't completely work for me. I couldn't relate or even sympathize with Charlotte and I felt like the book described in the summary was a very different book than the one I read. It's not for me, but something about this book was sort of compelling. Cut Me Free gets 2 stars....more
I've been on a Toni Morrison kick lately, and so I picked up The Bluest Eye. It is what I'm coming to expect from a Toni Morrison novel, well before wI've been on a Toni Morrison kick lately, and so I picked up The Bluest Eye. It is what I'm coming to expect from a Toni Morrison novel, well before we knew Toni Morrison.
I liked The Bluest Eye, and I felt like this one, more than any of the other books I've read (except for Home) was about...life. The one thing that I keep noticing with Morrison is that I pay much more attention to the writing than the actual story. It's weird, because the actual writing is something I almost never pay attention to.
But with Morrison, it's all I seem to pay attention to, and The Bluest Eye is no exception. There are several different narrators of The Bluest Eye, and they all come together to tell the story of Pecola. Honestly, it took me a while to realize that there were several different stories of some of the people in Pecola's life, and I found myself having to go back and re-read certain parts of the book, because it was starting to not make sense to me. It's definitely one of those books that you have to read carefully.
I did like reading The Bluest Eye after reading some of her other books, because her writing style- which has grown and changed- is still relatively the same.
Let's Rate It: While I only liked the story (and found the narration to be a bit all over the place), it's hard to not like The Bluest Eye. Morrison really does know how to tell a story. The Bluest Eye gets 3 stars....more
I liked When! I wasn't quite sure what to expect or where the story was going, but I was surprised with where the book went.
I thought that Maddie's abI liked When! I wasn't quite sure what to expect or where the story was going, but I was surprised with where the book went.
I thought that Maddie's ability to see your death date is an interesting, even though it doesn't quite work. I don't know how to explain it but maybe it's because we only see her do it for a handful of people. And there's the fact that people pay her so they know when they (or someone they care about) will die. People are very cautious around her. and she does get treated differently because of it. I don't blame them, but at the same time, it's something she has no control over. Personally, I wouldn't want to know, because I would never be able to think of anything else, you know?
But it's people wanting to know that gets Maddie into such a big mess. I totally get why law enforcement turns to her, and why they don't believe her. And yet, her uncle is pretty resistant to them giving her a test to see she's really not making things up. This would eventually led to me wanting to slap Maddie upside the head for her stupidity (there were other times when she did some pretty stupid things, but one moment in particular...just...there are no words.
I don't know how I feel about the murder mystery. Maddie knowing people's death dates made her a likely suspect (alongside her best friend) and the person behind things was unexpected.
What was most frustrating was the fact that the FBI would not her or Stubby alone- but especially Maddie. Things really seemed circumstantial, and while I understand their focus on her, I think they definitely took it too far.
I did like the link between the disappearing kids, which, now that I think about it, should have been able to figure it out. And I liked that it was something people knew, which is a nice change from keeping it hidden. I really liked that her uncle was there for her, and that she had Stubby. And her one neighbor was such an awesome person who looked in on Maddie and made sure she was okay.
Let's Rate It: I liked When, because the idea is interesting, and it was hard for me to put down at times. But I'm also torn, because the mysteries combined with her abilities didn't completely work (but I think Laurie did make a really effort). When gets 3 stars....more
I really liked Home! I read Sula and Beloved a few years ago, and while I liked them, I wasn't completely into them. But I figured it was a good time I really liked Home! I read Sula and Beloved a few years ago, and while I liked them, I wasn't completely into them. But I figured it was a good time to give Morrison another try, and I'm actually really glad I did.
I really liked Frank, and how he had to deal with memories and what happened in Korea. And he goes on a journey to help his sister, who went through some horrible things herself. I really like seeing his memories and how he got to be the person we see at the beginning of the novel to how he became the person we see at the end of the novel.
I was struck by how Frank was trying to deal with everything that's happened, and how he was trying to find his place after coming home. You could tell how hard it was for him, and it's something that still rings true today- with all of the stories of soldiers coming back with health issues and PTSD, and all of the recent events in places like Ferguson, you see how we've changed a lot, but at the same time, it's still something that we're dealing with.
Home is short, but Morrison makes every word count. It's simple and beautiful and this is one of the very rare books where I'm more interested in the actual writing than the story (even the story is great too). Seriously, if you want to study writing, Toni Morrison is such a great place to start. She can write, and she does it so well.
Let's Rate It: I really liked seeing Frank have to deal with so much, and even though his story takes place after the Korean war, so many things (like racism and PTSD) are still relevant today. It's also a simple but beautifully written book, and of the 3 books I've read by Morrison, I think this is a really good one to start with if you've never read Morrison. Home gets 4 stars....more
I don't read many books dealing with the afterlife, but this is definitely a more unusual and refreshing take on it. I'm definitely looking forward toI don't read many books dealing with the afterlife, but this is definitely a more unusual and refreshing take on it. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book!
At first, I wasn't sure what was going on, because Dez is on a train that will take her to Atman City, the place where she'll work through her life and transition to death after her unexpected death. I didn't realize at first that she was dead, but once things started to be explained, it was a lot less confusing. I like that she's with other kids who died unexpectedly, and that they have to work towards getting out of limbo.
What's really intriguing about this afterlife is that there is more to Atman City than what we see, especially the city itself. Mostly because we don't get to see much of it, and what we do see has a lot darker than what I ever expected. I mean, there are definitely some unsavory people in Atman City, and I am very curious to see how that will factor into the rest of the series, because it feels like it's important to the story.
Dez is definitely interesting and she's pretty resistant to getting out of limbo, even though she clearly doesn't want to be there. But I also understand why she's so resistant, because she's so young when she dies. But I also feel like she does make some pretty good progress in accepting what's happened, and that she'll become even more accepting of it in the next book. But I still didn't completely feel for her, even though I feel like I should because she's been through a lot of horrible stuff. I think it's because she's so resistant to acceptance that it was a tad bit hard to completely care about her.
This world is definitely intricate and I like that so much is explained without feeling like a massive info-dump. Everything was described so well, and I knew exactly what everything looked like and what this world was like.
Let's Rate It: Life, AD is definitely intriguing and intricate, and I like that it's such a refreshing take on the afterlife! I didn't completely love Dez, but I'm hoping she grows on me in the rest of the series. Life, AD gets 3 stars....more
I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I liked this one! I haven't read the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books, but from what I know about them, I think kidsI don't read a lot of middle grade, but I liked this one! I haven't read the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books, but from what I know about them, I think kids who like those books will really like Dead Jed.
I like Jed, and how hard he tried to fit in, even though he has a medical condition that basically means he's a zombie. I really like that it's something that he has to deal with during the entire book, and that you see who Jed really is. Being a zombie is only part of who Jed is, and he's just a normal kid trying to get through 7th grade. It made the book a lot more original and different, and it really highlighted how horrible it can be to be different in middle school.
Dead Jed is definitely clever and light-hearted and witty, and I couldn't help but laugh a few times throughout the book. It's definitely a fun book that also has a lot of heart. And Jed is definitely bullied and has to deal with people who aren't tolerant of his condition, but I really liked how he dealt with it.
I liked the pop culture references, especially the zombie pop culture references. You can't go wrong with Michael Jackson's Thriller, especially at a school dance!
Let's Rate It: Dead Jed is a fun book, and it's definitely a great middle grade read- but I think a lot of people would enjoy this story, regardless of age. Dead Jed gets 3 stars....more
I'm definitely fascinated with World War 2, especially with Nazi Germany, so when I was intrigued by this biography of Goebbels when I saw it on netgaI'm definitely fascinated with World War 2, especially with Nazi Germany, so when I was intrigued by this biography of Goebbels when I saw it on netgalley. I know the name and that he was charge of propaganda, but other than that, I didn't know anything, so I definitely wanted to learn more about him.
This biography is definitely daunting and very, very detailed- it's an astounding 900+ pages, and it was definitely a marathon of a book. Nothing really jumped out at me as particularly interesting, other than Goebbels studied philosophy and that he was loyal to Hitler, to the point of murdering his children before taking his own life. I feel like, at the end of the book, I knew as much about him as I did before I started the book.
It's definitely dense (and on the dry side) and I had to fight the urge to skim the book (which I maybe did at certain points throughout the book). I don't know that it's the best book for someone who doesn't know much about Goebbels, and since it leans more to the scholarly end of things, it might be better suited for people who are really into World World 2 and Nazi Germany (especially those close to Hitler).
This biography really goes into depth about Goebbels and why he did the things he did, and what made him tick. It's also a really good look at some of what was going on during that time, because of his journals. It's also why it's a slow read, because it's very meticulous.
Let's Rate It: This biography is definitely not a book for everyone, but still worth checking out for historians and students or for anyone studying the Holocaust or the Nazi's (or World War 2). Goebbels: A Biography gets 2 stars....more
Afterworlds really is a unique book! It's a novel-within-a-novel, and there is something very meta about this entire book.
I'm really not kidding. I diAfterworlds really is a unique book! It's a novel-within-a-novel, and there is something very meta about this entire book.
I'm really not kidding. I did get the sense that Westerfeld was poking a bit at YA tropes and just the YA community in general, but in a really good way.
I don't even know how to begin reviewing this book...but I guess I should start with Darcy's story. I really liked her story, and I liked seeing her navigate New York and the publishing world, especially with the help she finds in other awesome writers. I don't know what that world is like, but it is one that feels so real, like that's what it is like for one person- and it really felt like bits and pieces of it may have come from Westerfeld's own experience as a YA writer.
I also liked that we saw Darcy over the course of a year, and how much she went through with her book and her personal life. And I loved that in quite a few ways, her life intertwined with Lizzie's story, and how much Darcy and Lizzie had in common. Which does make sense, since Lizzie is one of Darcy's characters. They both had these really big things happen that would change their lives, and I liked seeing both of their stories.
I really like that we not only see Darcy working on Afterworlds but that we get the actually Afterworlds story! And not just an excerpt or quotes but the full novel. It was kind of disorienting at first, because you get thrown into both stories, and there's nothing to indicate which story you're reading. But the two stories are so different that I knew which story was which in no time.
I also liked Lizzie's story, especially at the beginning. It's so weird, because I really liked Darcy's story as the book went on, and I liked Lizzie's story less as the book went on. Still, it's an interesting way to tell a story, and I think there was a lot of potential for it to not work. For me, it worked a lot better than I could have expected or imagined, but I think the way it's told isn't for everyone. Given that Afterworlds is such a big part of Darcy's life, and different aspects of it come up throughout the book, it makes sense that we would see Darcy's story. It would be a very different book if we didn't have her fictional story, and Lizzie's story helps Darcy's story come to life. Both stories need each other, and you see the effects that each story has on the other one.
I found the conversations about re-telling myths and stories that are part of a culture to be not your own to be really interesting, especially given all of the recent discussions about reading diversely. Like, it's okay that Darcy re-tells stories from Hinduism, because her family is from India (even though Darcy herself doesn't seem particularly religious, and her family, from what we see of them, don't seem to be particularly religious either). I have no idea why I find it super-interesting, but I do. Also, I love that her family is totally cool with Darcy having a girlfriend, and that it wasn't a big deal when Darcy told them.
Let's Rate It: I really liked Afterworlds, and how you needed both stories in order to tell the other one. I liked seeing how Darcy's life and Lizzie's life intertwine, and how both stories have an effect on the other one. Darcy's story is easily 5 stars, while I'd really have to give Lizzie's story 3 stars, so overall, Afterworlds gets 4 stars....more
After reading The Sky Is Everywhere ages ago and loving it and anxiously awaiting Jandy Nelson's next book, I finally read I'll Give You The Sun.
UnforAfter reading The Sky Is Everywhere ages ago and loving it and anxiously awaiting Jandy Nelson's next book, I finally read I'll Give You The Sun.
Unfortunately, I'm kind of torn between not really liking it and thinking it was okay. I really wanted to like it more, because I did love The Sky Is Everywhere.
I did like that Noah and Jude narrated the book. It's different from a lot of other multiple narrators in that Noah and Jude are on a different timelines. Because I don't pay attention to summaries or anything, I thought it meant that Noah had died or something really bad happened to him because of that timeline, and it took a while for me to realize he was still alive. But then I was more confused, because if he's alive, why didn't he really appear in Jude's timeline?
It is an interesting way to tell a story, but it didn't completely work for me. On the one hand, I do kind of like that they have two different pieces of the story, but at the same time, I felt like the story wasn't completely there for me because of it.
I just don't know how I feel about I'll Give You The Sun. I was expecting something that more like The Sky Is Everywhere, which I connected so much with, and I really wanted that connection in this book. That connection did happen, but not until the last 4 or 5 pages, and at that point, I wondered where that was for the rest of the novel.
I didn't care for Noah or Jude, and I found that Noah randomly titling the scene as a painting to be really annoying, while Jude's tendency to quote her grandmother's book was quite. I did feel for Noah, and I understand how and why he became the person he did. He had a lot to deal with, especially since Noah is gay, and we see him struggle with how he presents himself to the world. With Jude, I felt like she stayed relatively the same. They didn't feel genuine in the way the characters in her previous novel did.
Let's Rate It: Overall, I'll Give You The Sun just isn't my book. I thought the way the story was told was interesting, and a big part of why I kept reading was because 1- I loved the author's previous book to pieces and gave this one a chance that I probably would not have given it otherwise, and 2- I did want to know what happened and why things fell apart. I think this book turned out okay for me. I'll Give You The Sun gets 2 stars....more
I liked The Faerie Guardian! If there's something I know, it's a book about fairies, and given how many I've read (and want to read), trust me when II liked The Faerie Guardian! If there's something I know, it's a book about fairies, and given how many I've read (and want to read), trust me when I say that this book is quite different than a lot of other fairie books.
I LOVE the idea of faeries protecting the human population from some really nasty creatures. And naturally, things go wrong right from the start. Things are also pretty predictable, but it was still a fun read. Most of all, I loved how detailed and intricate this world was, and it really made me want to see more of it.
I didn't particularly care about the romance. It was pretty obvious, as far as romances go, but I also felt like there wasn't anything special between Violet and Nate. It very much felt like they were together for the sake of being together. On the other hand, I did like the relationship between Ryn and Violet, and how their story was resolved. I honestly think they have better chemistry, and I'm hoping that eventually, it's Ryn and Violet, even though I'm positive that it'll be Nate and Violet in the end.
Speaking of Violet, she is a pretty awesome fairie, and I really liked her! I can't wait to see what she has deal with in the books to come.
Let's Rate It: I don't have much to say about The Faerie Guardian, but I really like the concept and the world that Morgan wrote. I'm not thrilled with the romance, and I'm desperately hoping that it doesn't go the way I think it will. I didn't love it, but it's still a fun read. The Faerie Guardian gets 3 stars....more
I've been meaning to read The Princes Of The Tower for quite a while, so it's about time I actually read it! I liked it but not as much as I thought II've been meaning to read The Princes Of The Tower for quite a while, so it's about time I actually read it! I liked it but not as much as I thought I would.
As much as I love Weir, it's a book you need to go into with some knowledge of the time period and the people. I've read several books about the Tudors, but I know very little of the events that led to the Tudors taking the throne, so for a few chapters, I felt really confused by all of the names and events.
It definitely felt like Weir set out to prove that Richard III was the one behind the mysterious murders of the two Princes, and it did feel like Weir didn't go into this as objectively as one would think. She does make some good points, and Richard III does seem like the likeliest suspect, but I don't know that he's as evil as Weir would make him out to be.
Still, it's a really good overview of the time, and the events that led to the reign of Henry VII. There is quite a bit of information, and I like that Weir mentions sources from that time period. I did get the sense that there's not a lot we know, and that some of the sources may be sketchy. Still, with some of the things that have come out over the last few years, with the discovery of Richard III's grave, I'd be curious to see a more updated book.
Let's Rate It: The Princes In The Tower was an interesting read, and it's a good overview of the time. It did seem slightly biased against Richard III and it's not the best for people who aren't super familiar with the time period. It still has some interesting things to think about. The Princes In The Tower get 3 stars....more
When I saw this biography on netgalley, I was intrigued because I know the name, but not the person behind the name. Unfortunately, I didn't like MadeWhen I saw this biography on netgalley, I was intrigued because I know the name, but not the person behind the name. Unfortunately, I didn't like Mademoiselle as much as I thought.
It was very interesting to how she got into fashion, and what her early life was like. It did get very repetitive at times- it was tiring to read that Chanel wanted to re-write her own life over and over and over. Mademoiselle was very detailed and had a lot of information- too much information for me. There were times when I skimmed the book (mostly at the end of the book), just because I couldn't take in any more details. For me, there was so much detail that nothing really stood out to me. Sometimes it felt like names and events were thrown at me. And it felt much more like we got all of the different people and events that had an influence on Chanel personally and professionally, and not a lot about Chanel. I know that they all had a big impact on her life, but I wish I walked away with a better sense of Chanel.
I did like that there were photos and quotes from Chanel herself scattered throughout the book. It made Chanel much more real to see her own words throughout the book. It also seemed like a very objective look at Chanel's life, but as a result, it seemed a little dry, and I would have liked the little something extra that seemed missing. I do think anyone who's curious about Chanel and anyone who's into fashion will like this book.
Let's Rate It: Mademoiselle got a little too detailed and was a little too repetitive at times, which made it okay for me. It's still an interesting look at the person who started this huge and iconic company. Mademoiselle gets 2 stars.
*I received Mademoiselle from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review...more
I really liked Pure! I wasn't sure about it at first, but as I kept reading, I became more and more fascinated by this world. I mean, the DetonationsI really liked Pure! I wasn't sure about it at first, but as I kept reading, I became more and more fascinated by this world. I mean, the Detonations happened, and people are fused to whatever happened to be near them when they happened. Like fans or doll heads...and for some mothers, their children are fused to them. It's an odd, scary world, and it's one I wouldn't want to live in.
This world is so vividly dark and oppressive and horrible, and the fact that some people are okay just because they happen to be in the Dome- at least, okay in the sense that they don't have this damaged bodies. I feel like there's so much more to this world than what we get in this book. I'm definitely intrigued enough to keep reading the series- not right away, as this series can wait, but I'm intrigued enough to keep going.
Pure was hard to get into at first, because I wasn't quite sure what was going on- and it does take some time to get into the book. Once things get going, it was pretty interesting, even though I wasn't completely sure why bombs were dropped, and why it's so important that the earth regenerate itself. I'm not sure if I missed something, or it wasn't explained, or if it's something we're getting in the other books in the series.
I'm also not sure about the multiple narrators- I actually didn't mind that Pressia and Partridge narrated, as the story focuses on them. You really got a sense of what things were like and how different things were, depending on whether you were in the dome or not. Every once in a while, you'd get a chapter from one of the other characters, which made it interesting, because you got all of these different perspectives. At the same time, it meant that there was a lot to keep up with, and that made the story a little less enjoyable.
I think this book leans more towards the adult end of the spectrum, but at the same time, I think it's something older teens would like to. So it's kind of YA, but it's kind of adult too.
Let's Rate It: I really liked Pure, more than I thought I would! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, because I'm curious about quite a few things. Pure gets 4 stars....more
I liked How To Fall! I wasn't sure what to expect with How To Fall, but...I didn't like it as much as I was hoping but I also liked it more than I wasI liked How To Fall! I wasn't sure what to expect with How To Fall, but...I didn't like it as much as I was hoping but I also liked it more than I was expecting. I know that sounds weird, but it really describes how I feel about How To Fall.
How To Fall is definitely a mystery, as Jess tries to figure out what happened to her cousin Freya after Freya's very mysterious death. What really happened was not what I expected AT ALL, and given everyone has a different idea of what happened to Freya and what was going through her mind when she died and what could have resulted in her death. It just goes to show that some people are just so terribly cruel, and I hate that people are like that.
I like that Jess and her mom go back to where her mom grew up, and that Jess gets to see that part of her mom's life. I know the story is more about Jess trying to figure out what happened to her cousin, but there's still part of me that wishes we knew more about why her mom didn't talk to anyone in her family until recently, and what got her mom to change her mind. And part of me still feels like there's more to the story.
Speaking of Jess and her mom...I felt like Dan, who her mom was interested in as a teenager and reconnects with was really odd, and for a while, I thought maybe he was the one behind Freya's mysterious death. I feel like he's up to something and while I don't know why I feel this way about him, I just get this vibe that Jess and her mom need to stay far, far away from him.
I don't really have strong feelings about the characters either way, and I thought Jess' fixation on Freya's death to be a little weird, considering she didn't know Freya at all. I wish we got to know Freya a little bit better, but I also understand why we don't. We do learn a little bit about Freya throughout the book, but it was still hard for me to get into the mystery of her death...especially when we learn what really happened the night she died.
Still, I liked Jess, who's pretty sarcastic. I'm definitely interested in reading more of her story, and I'm glad there's another book in this series, because her story is far from over. I'm also really curious about what other mysteries she comes across and solves, because Port Sentinel seems like a place full of secrets!
Let's Rate It: I liked How To Fall, and while there are some things I'm curious about because they seem a little strange to me, I'm still interested enough to keep reading this series. How To Fall gets 3 stars.
*I exchanged How To Fall from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review...more