2 stars. This one was okay for me. It was a quick read, which I think is because the entire book is told in verse. It was okay, but sometimes it felt2 stars. This one was okay for me. It was a quick read, which I think is because the entire book is told in verse. It was okay, but sometimes it felt like things were broken up to give the appearance of poetry, because there were times where it didn't feel like I was reading poetry. Then again, I don't read a lot of novels told in verse, so maybe unfamiliarity is where my problem lies. There is a whole diary feel to the book that didn't quite work for me. The comparison to Mary, Jesus' mother, did not work for me at all, and I felt like the comparison was trying to compare apples and oranges. I'm also not sure what the book was going for abstinence, maybe? That's the impression I got. I'm also not quite clear on who the book is actually meant for- definitely not me, but maybe a teen who's questioning her faith is the target audience for this? The ending was also abrupt and left a lot of questions....more
2 stars. It was okay for me, and I wanted to like it, but I had a hard time with it. I found myself skimming through the part where she's reading abo 2 stars. It was okay for me, and I wanted to like it, but I had a hard time with it. I found myself skimming through the part where she's reading about her relative. I liked the present-day story a little bit more, and the message was really obvious- but it's also really important. She really does struggle to fit in, and you see how much things change her and how she feels caught in the middle on so many different levels. I did really like seeing the relationship with one of her friends and her reaction to Nina hanging out with other people. I think it's something we can all relate to, feeling like we don't fit in, but I feel like I understand Nina a little better.
*I received an advanced copy from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review....more
I have so many thoughts about A World Without You!
So, I have to admit that I knew I wanted to read this book, but that I didn't know what it was abouI have so many thoughts about A World Without You!
So, I have to admit that I knew I wanted to read this book, but that I didn't know what it was about going in. At first, I didn't realize it was a contemporary, because of the whole school-for-kids-with-special-powers aspect. As the book went on, I realized that, in fact, the book was not sci-fi or paranormal or fantasy- basically, whatever genre you classify kids-with-special powers as. That was when I realized the book was more contemporary than anything else. I was a little disappointed that it was a contemporary novel, because I think it had a lot of promise if it had stuck to the idea that Sofia was trapped in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, and not the aftermath of her suicide. I do think the books works better if you don't know that going in, because the paralyzing fear that something is wrong is much more palpable. I kind of liked that I didn't realize something was wrong at first, because everything seemed so normal. But it was frustrating at the same time, because it became a story I wasn't as interested in.
I think, had I known going in that Bo had severe mental illness, I would have spent the book frustrated knowing what was going on, and waiting for him to catch up and figure everything out. There is an undercurrent of fear and confusion and you really see Bo lose all sense of time and reality. It's also the most severe case I've seen in any YA book that deals with mental illness- I think Identical by Ellen Hopkins is the only other one I can think of that comes remotely close, and it's pretty similar in that you don't realize what's going on until the end of the novel.
I did really want the story where Bo has to go back in time to save Sofia- partly because that part of the novel really interested me, but I'm also curious about how Revis would tell that story.
I feel like the blurb gave away way too much. I know I mentioned that this a book that may be better if you don't know what's going on, and you're figuring things out right alongside Bo. But I still think it works better if you know nothing.
We also get a few chapters narrated by Phoebe, who is Bo's sister. I feel like her chapters were meant to show how different they are, and how everything that is going on with Bo affects her. Her chapters were boring and flat, and I feel like all she did was complain about how no one paid attention to her because she's the good student who's going off to college. It's clear that her parents seem to be focused on Bo- which is understandable- but I do understand that her parents probably don't give her a lot of attention because she's the one they DON'T have to worry about. And given everything going on with Bo, she probably feels like she has to do well.
It is hard to say for sure, though, since most of the book focused on Bo, and we only get a few chapters focusing on Phoebe.
The last chapter- an epilogue- was really weird for me. It did leave you wondering if maybe Bo did have some sort of power or ability but no one realized it because it presented as something else. It's ambiguous enough that you're not sure, but...I am not a fan of the epilogue. I know it's trying to wrap up with what happened the previous chapter, and that if the book had ended with that chapter...it would have been a hell of a cliffhanger. But I felt like the epilogue took away a lot of the fear and confusion that we saw in the chapter before it, and it really lost the darkness and edge that it would have had otherwise.
The moment between Bo and Phoebe was weird- if Bo does have a mental illness, then was it just a coincidence? It did feel off, like maybe he did have some sort of supernatural ability, but no one believed him. I wonder if maybe he did, but it wasn't said outright, because it would have contradicted everything in the book? Maybe I'm wrong, but I felt like you could see it that way.
My Rating: 3 stars. I do think it works better if you don't read the blurb, but it's also a really good look at mental illness. It's just not for me....more
After reading Tiny Pretty Things, and after hearing there was a sequel, I knew I had to read Shiny Broken Pieces. It picks up where Tiny Pretty ThingsAfter reading Tiny Pretty Things, and after hearing there was a sequel, I knew I had to read Shiny Broken Pieces. It picks up where Tiny Pretty Things left off, and you learn what happened the night Gigi was injured. It’s been a while since I’ve read TPT, but I remembered enough to get me through SBP, and it really is Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars. Only this time, there is a new mean girl, and I was really sad to see the change that Gigi made. At least she recognized it wasn’t who she wanted to be, and the events from months earlier really changed her- and not for the better. I get things really changed her, but she became the person that hurt her. I was a little surprised by Cassie, and I didn’t realize how much things changed her until the end of the book. I don’t really remember her from TPT, though, so that might be why I was surprised.
There is a lot of mystery and back-stabbing, and that kept me going, even though I found I didn’t care for Bette’s story or June’s story all that much. June, I think, has the most to decide, and it seems like her future is up in the air. It’s very open-ended, and even though she’s set to go to college, there is also the possibility of going to Salt Lake City and dancing in their ballet company, but you don’t get a decision either way. It does seem like she was leaning towards ballet, but at the same time, it seems like maybe she’s done ballet too? I am curious about Gigi and Bette, and where things ended with them.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I did really like it, and I did like seeing the fallout of Gigi’s injury. I also really liked seeing them go for their dreams, which they all worked really hard for. But it didn’t have the same appeal as the first book, and some of the mystery didn’t hold quite as well this time around. It did hold my attention, though, and I did want to see what was really going on.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked it, and I liked the mystery and seeing the fall-out from the previous book....more
After reading Everything, Everything, I knew I couldn’t wait for Nicola Yoon’s next book. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. I wanted to love itAfter reading Everything, Everything, I knew I couldn’t wait for Nicola Yoon’s next book. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. I wanted to love it but I couldn’t.
I did like that chapters alternated between Daniel and Natasha, and we see how both of their stories unfold. We also get chapters narrated by the people around Natasha and Daniel, and we see the history and stories of people on the periphery of their lives. I don’t know how I feel about those chapters. They made me feel even more removed from what was going on, and we see how the choices others made led to this moment in their lives.
If you don’t like insta-love, this is not the book for you. Even worse, this book tries to SCIENTIFICALLY EXPLAIN insta-love. My reaction to this: no. Please, no. Do not try to scientifically explain insta-love. That is the last thing I want to read. I thought they had no chemistry and it was creepy how obsessed Daniel was with Natasha, and how much he believed that they were meant to be together. You only caught a glimpse of her, and you decided that she was The One? Thanks, but no thanks.
I felt so bad for Natasha, who had to go back to a country that didn’t feel like home to her. I get why they had to go back, and the thing with the lawyer? She went to him for help, and he couldn’t even do that because he was too focused on his paralegal. I liked that she had hope, yet didn’t want to say something until she knew for sure what was going to happen. I did feel for Daniel, and the pressure his parents (especially his father) put on him. Something about Daniel’s family in particular seemed very stereotypical to me but at the same time, that was much more interesting to me than the romance between Natasha and Daniel. I really wish the story was more about them and their families then their romance.
My Rating: 2 stars. I liked it a lot less than Everything, Everything, and the romance (and scientific explanation of it) were not for me. I did like the family dynamics and the thing both Natasha and Daniel were facing....more
After reading Six Of Crows, I knew I would be anxiously waiting for the sequel! It didn't disappoint, and even though I didn't love it, I still reallyAfter reading Six Of Crows, I knew I would be anxiously waiting for the sequel! It didn't disappoint, and even though I didn't love it, I still really liked it!
It's such a roller-coaster and I was glad that I was along for the ride. There's a lot of craziness, but in a good way, because I wanted to see what happened next. There's a lot of action and adventure...which I expected, considering it's fantasy and a heist novel. I wasn't sure what to expect, and I swear, her writing is getting better and better. And the world is completely amazing.
I loved the banter and it made me laugh, and yet, my heart broke a couple of times. So many feels!
I will admit that I was surprised by how complete the story felt. I honestly went into this book assuming that it was the 2nd book in a trilogy, and was surprised to find that there is no book 3 planned. I really wanted (and was expecting) more to this story. At the same time, though, she wrapped up the story really well.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked the story, and I'm a little disappointed there are only 2 books, because I really wanted more books!...more
I really liked it- a lot more than I thought I would. Seeing the trailer for the movie made me want to read the book, so I was really glad when a co- I really liked it- a lot more than I thought I would. Seeing the trailer for the movie made me want to read the book, so I was really glad when a co-worker let me borrow her copy. I wasn't sure what to expect with it, and I really liked how creepy and mysterious everything was. I also LOVED the photographs throughout the book, and they somehow made the book more interesting. Especially since so many of the photographs went so well with the book and the characters and what was going on.
I think maybe part of me was expecting the story to be more about Jacob's grandfather, and I was actually a little surprised by how it was more Jacob's story. It's not that we don't learn about his grandfather, because we do, at least a little. I wish we got a little more about the children, and why they can do what they do, but perhaps that will be explored in the rest of the series. Speaking of the rest of the series- even though I really like this book, I'm not sure if I want to keep going with the series.
My Rating: 4 stars. I think I expected more with Jacob's grandfather, and I wanted to know more about why there are people who are so peculiar, but I also loved how creepy the book was. And the photographs- they were really cool and interesting and added something special to the book....more
I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. I think a lot of it is that things were resolved pretty well in the first book, and it did work wellI liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. I think a lot of it is that things were resolved pretty well in the first book, and it did work well as a stand-alone. I don't regret reading it, because The Flame Never Dies answers some questions and resolves some loose threads that came up in The Stars Never Rise. But at the same time, it worked so well as a stand-alone that while I liked it, I'm also sort of meh about it. What I think surprised me with this book is that, like the first book, things are resolved, with some loose threads and unanswered questions. From what I can tell, there will be only two books, so at least the overall story is resolved. But things are open enough that there really could be another book in the series to answer those questions.
I was kept on the edge of my seat, though, and there were several times where you're reading it, knowing that something is about to happen, and you're just waiting for it to actually happen. There weren't a lot of surprises, but there were a few, and she does have a way of making you WANT to keep going. There is part of me that wants more, but at the same time, I feel like, with this series, Vincent knew her stopping point and where things were headed. It is nice knowing that the idea won't get old because it's being spread out over all of these books, and it easily could have gone that way. But it didn't, and I really appreciate that.
My Rating: 3 stars. It's enjoyable and fun, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first book....more
This is another one I'm not sure about. I like the idea of history being told in the form of a graphic novel, because it's definitely different, and iThis is another one I'm not sure about. I like the idea of history being told in the form of a graphic novel, because it's definitely different, and it's an interesting way to see what actually happened.
However, I was sort of confused about what was going on. The Boxer Rebellion sounds really familiar, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. It wasn't until after I read the book that I realized it was the 2nd book in a series. I think you can still understand what's going on, and I don't know that Boxers, the first one, will necessarily explain the events of the 2nd, but for now, I kind of wish that I had read it in order.
I did like Four-Girl, and I felt really bad for her, having no name. I did like that she found friendship and a name in a very unlikely place, and that she realized she had a purpose in life.
My Rating: 3 stars. I like the idea of history being told in a graphic novel, but I also wish I had read Boxers first, because I did feel a little confused....more
Dream Chaser was really cute! I needed some cute and fluffy and light, and this book was definitely what I was looking for. I really liked Willow, andDream Chaser was really cute! I needed some cute and fluffy and light, and this book was definitely what I was looking for. I really liked Willow, and I don't blame her for being scared after the cheerleading accident- I would be too, if I were her. I felt like her best friend was really shallow, and while I get that she wanted Willow to at least think about going back to cheerleading, I also thought she could have been more understanding of what happened to Willow.
Willow does run away/quit things when she gets scared, and I think that made her really easy to relate to. I like that she does face her fears in the end, and I think she grows a little bit throughout the book, because she finally realizes the consequences of not facing her fears. I find her choice between dance and cheer interesting, and it seems like a lot of it had to do with fear and losing people, but I wonder if maybe there was something else too. Eli and Willow are great together, and I wish there was a sequel, because I really want to know what lies ahead for both of them.
My Rating: 4 stars. It's cute and sweet, and I loved that it was about dance and theater...and why do I not read more books about the performing arts? I always end up really liking them! It was predictable, but I didn't care, because I really liked Willow and seeing her change....more
I'm not sure how I feel about Yaqui Delgado. I really liked Piddy, and she's such a great character. She has to deal with bullying- from a girl she doI'm not sure how I feel about Yaqui Delgado. I really liked Piddy, and she's such a great character. She has to deal with bullying- from a girl she doesn't even know, and it's hard for her to deal with it, to the point that she starts skipping school, and eventually has to change schools, because she has no other option. Well, she does, but for Piddy, it's her best option. I did like that her mom and her mom's best friend (Lila) were around a lot in the book, which is pretty rare in YA. Still, we don't see Piddy really hang out with anyone her own age- she spends a lot of time with Lila, and there is a guy for part of the book, but it seemed a little strange to me.
I couldn't quite connect with her fear of Yaqui, even after one really big moment with her. I think part of it is that Piddy and Yaqui didn't even know each other, and it's hard for me to understand how Yaqui could decide that Piddy was her target, no matter how hard I tried to understand it. I did get her anger with her mother, but I also understand why her mother kept things about her dad from her. Unfortunately, it's something I could relate to. I think I felt like I was told how Piddy felt, but I never completely FELT it, particularly where Yaqui was concerned.
The book definitely needed more where Yaqui was concerned, and I wish we had more of her story, because her wanting to kick Piddy's ass was random and out of nowhere. Even though the book is very much about the effect it has on Piddy, I think it focused a little too much on bullying, to the point that other things weren't as developed as they could have been.
My Rating: 3 stars. I did like the community that Piddy has, and I felt for her, because she had some things going on, but it wasn't completely there for me....more
I picked up Court Of Fives based solely on the recommendation of Gail Carriger, and it was a fun, interesting read. I do feel like there are a lot ofI picked up Court Of Fives based solely on the recommendation of Gail Carriger, and it was a fun, interesting read. I do feel like there are a lot of similar books out there, plot-wise but I really liked this one because it felt different enough to hold my attention. I really liked the competition, and how things aren’t what they seem. It’s interesting that the history they know seems to be slightly different than what actually happened (which isn’t surprising at all), and I was really intrigued by the original story, and the parallels to Jessamy’s family, particularly with her parents. I did like that her dad stuck by her mom, even though it would have advanced his career a lot more. He still seemed really ambitious, and it didn’t seem to matter in the end, since they lost their main protector. But it did seem to matter to him, at least for a little while.
I kind of wish the competition was explained a little more, because even now, I’m not quite sure how to explain it, or even what it is. Something about it reminded me of the actual Hunger Games, but far less deadly. And something that relies a lot more on actual practice and logic and strategy. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and how things work out for Jessamy and her family.
My Rating: 4 stars. This was intriguing and interesting and a really good read....more
I thought The Jewel was an interesting idea, and it reminded me of quite a few dystopias out there- The Hunger Games, the Chemical Garden trilogy by LI thought The Jewel was an interesting idea, and it reminded me of quite a few dystopias out there- The Hunger Games, the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and there was something about the book that made me think of Divergent too, and I think there's something about some of the events that happen in this book (and could potentially happen in the next one), that we could see elements of Divergent in the rest of the series. So basically, I was reminded of some of the more well-known dystopias out there, and it's why it ended being just okay.
I spent a lot of the book comparing to other books in the same genre, and that worked against the book, because it was similar enough to other books that I was bored and thought it to be a little bit predictable. I did finish it, and I did like it, because the overall idea was interesting enough to keep me reading and caught my interest just enough that I wanted to give it a try.
I thought Violet was lackluster. I think part of it is that she wants to tell people her name, instead of her lot number, but she's constantly referred to as 197 or the surrogate. That was one of the more interesting things about the book, because in a way, it makes her less human if she's nameless. I do wonder if that's partially why I felt disconnected, because everyone viewed her as someone who will produce a child, instead of an actual person.
The only thing I remember about her is that she plays the cello, but beyond that, I feel like there's nothing special about her. She's special but there seems to be no reason for why she's so special. At least, we don't find out what that is in this book. And if she's so special and can do things no one else can, why was she lot 197, and not lot 200? That makes no sense at all.
There was romance, but it didn't stand out, and there's not much to say about it, because it was boring, and didn't get my attention. It's undeveloped and sudden, and quite honestly, I'm not sure why it's even in the book.
I have a lot of unanswered questions about this world, and the little world-building we get doesn't explain much. It felt like it wouldn't hold up if you looked at it too closely, because we only get bits and pieces of why there are surrogates and not much else.
I'm honestly not sure if I'll be reading the next one. I don't necessarily have a problem continuing on with the series, and with how the last few pages went, I am curious about what's going on. It's definitely enough that I'm considering reading at least the next one, but I don't think it will be anytime soon.
I've never read The Handmaid's Tale so I'm not sure about that comparison, but I don't get the comparison to The Other Boleyn Girl. Granted, it's been quite a few years since I've read it, so maybe I'm missing something, but from what I do remember, I don't get the comparison at all.
My Rating: 2 stars. I wanted to give it a higher rating, because I do like the overall idea, but I was too reminded by the similarities to other books to really enjoy it....more
I really liked it! It's such a cute story, and even though it's one of the Roald Dahl books I never read as kid, I'm glad I finally got to read it. II really liked it! It's such a cute story, and even though it's one of the Roald Dahl books I never read as kid, I'm glad I finally got to read it. I remember liking some of his other books, and it's such an imaginative one. I will say that some of the gifts described at the end of the book were stereotypical, and that bothered me. And for some reason, the book didn't seem as magical as the movie did, which makes me hesitant to re-read some of Dahl's other books, because I feel like the magic and creativity of his books might not have the same effect on me as an adult as they did when I was a kid. It makes me wonder if maybe I'm too old for Roald Dahl, which makes me a little sad, because generally, I don't think you're too old to read anything. But in this case? Maybe it's possible. I'd still recommend it as a book, because I really like the overall creativity and the conversation that the BFG has with Sophie about how giants don't kill each other, and how kind the BFG is to Sophie.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really like the story, but it wasn't as magical as I thought it would be....more
Gymnastics is my favorite thing to watch when the Summer Olympics on, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.
I really liked that this bookGymnastics is my favorite thing to watch when the Summer Olympics on, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.
I really liked that this book takes place over the span of 2 days, and you follow several gymnasts in their quest to go to the Olympics. I really liked seeing their stories, but some stood out more than others.
I really felt for Wilhelmina, who missed going to the Olympic trials 4 years prior because she wasn't old enough. You can see how much she wants, and for a while, you're not sure if she's going to make it onto the team because of politics. Which is completely horrible, but not that surprising.
Monica's story also stood out to me- it seems like she has a coach who isn't at all interested in coaching her because he pays a lot of attention to his daughter. I really hated that he didn't seem to be a good coach to her, and with all of the time and money that's going into her training, it seems like a waste of time. She could be great if she had a better coach.
I felt like Grace and Leigh were the typical mean girls, and I didn't care for Grace's story. She felt very flat, and not as rounded or developed as the other characters. I also felt like the fact that Grace doesn't eat a lot was super-stereotypical. I felt that to a certain degree with Leigh and her secret, although I felt like that was understandable, given Leigh is lesbian, and she's worried about people finding out. We do see some of her thoughts, but I wish it had been explored more. Given how the book focuses on 5 different people, each character could be developed more if the book had focused on less of them, but all things considered, they were more developed and had more depth than you'd think.
Oh, Camile! I almost forgot about her. I did like her story and how she wanted to make her mom happy, but at the same time, I'd place her in between Grace and Leigh as one of my least favorite stories.
The one thing that kept me from loving this book was how drama there was behind the scenes. I have no idea how accurate this was, but it seemed like there was some research put in, if the lengthy glossary at the end of the book is any indication. I get that these girls are under a lot of pressure and one little mistake can cost them the dream they've been working so hard for, especially given female gymnasts seem to peak at around 16 or 17. And I get that it's a way for the reader to be invested in these girls, but something about rang a little bit true, but not completely true.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked it, but with 5 different narrators, you didn't get to spend a lot of time with each of them. ...more
After reading (and loving) The Selection series, I knew I had to read The Siren. Partly because I wanted to read something else by Cass, but also becaAfter reading (and loving) The Selection series, I knew I had to read The Siren. Partly because I wanted to read something else by Cass, but also because I love a good re-telling, and I thought it would be cool to read something about Sirens, which don't seem to come up very often. And I liked The Siren, but not as much as I thought I would.
I thought it was a cool idea, and I liked that it wasn't about re-telling the tale of Greek gods/goddesses, but instead focused on re-telling the story of Sirens. We got such a good picture of how girls became Sirens, and what life was like as a Siren. That actually really surprised me, because The Siren is a stand-alone and fantasy and just over 300 pages...and yet you get such a clear picture of the world and the hold that the Ocean has on these girls. For me, that more often than not, spells disaster, and it never seems to work well, but it did with this book.
Could things have been explained more? Of course, but all things considered, Cass did a better job with it than I expected. It has its cute moments, and it goes by fast. And it's an interesting idea, so I definitely wanted to keep reading to see how things turned out.
I thought the Ocean was really confusing at times- She did seem motherly at times, and yes, She did tend to go about it a little weird, but there were also times where I thought She made sense.
I'm not sure how I feel about any of the girls. There's certainly a bond between them, but Kahlen seems so different from Elizabeth and Miaka, and even Padma. She did seem depressed (which I understand why), and she did seem more traditional than the other girls, but that's probably because she's older than the other girls. By how much we're not sure, at least in the case of Elizabeth and Miaka, but definitely a lot older than Padma.
I don't know how I feel about Akinli, and I really wish we saw more of him. I get why we didn't, but the fact that we didn't really see him is probably why I didn't completely love him or their relationship. It felt a little bit too insta-love for me, and I wish we saw it develop more. I think I might have been able to believe in the whole soulmates thing if we saw more of them together.
I was surprised by the ending- I'm not sure how I expected things to end, but it was a surprise, even though I'm not sure how I feel about it.
It was more dull than I thought, and I had a hard time getting into it. Ultimately, I liked it, and the idea of the book was enough that I'm willing to overlook everything else. I wanted more action, and it was definitely a slow-paced book.
My Rating: 3 stars, because the idea is a pretty cool, and more developed than I thought, considering it's a stand-alone fantasy that's on the shorter side. But I also thought it could have been more developed in some areas, namely the romance....more
When I first saw the summary after randomly browsing the YA section at the library, I was oddly reminded of that one movie (I think it's Keanu ReevesWhen I first saw the summary after randomly browsing the YA section at the library, I was oddly reminded of that one movie (I think it's Keanu Reeves and someone else) where they're both staying at that one house but in different years and they're somehow able to write letters to each other. Which, mind you, I actually haven't seen, but that's what I was reminded of, just based on the trailer...and honestly, this book was so, so confusing.
Arthur's timeline seemed a lot more confusing than Merle's- although I will say that there were points where Merle's timeline was sort of confusing, mostly where Arthur was concerned. It didn't help that Hand randomly switched perspectives and time periods, and it was hard to be fully into a book where things just randomly jump around. The Orpheus myth at the end of the book didn't make sense, since it was randomly thrown in, and I didn't get why it was even mentioned, since it wasn't important, or even mentioned, up to that point.
Even though Merle ends up being inspired by Arthur's poetry, and he somehow manages to see her work in a gallery, there doesn't seem to be a big connection between them. I really thought there would be more between them, and when they do travel in time, they don't particularly care about talking to each other.
It's also a little bit new-age-y, which probably wouldn't have bothered me in most cases, but it seemed a little weird and over-done in this book. And honestly, the artist aspect didn't have much impact for me, and it seemed to take a backseat to the aimlessness this book seemed to have.
I'm also not sure why this was shelved in the YA section, because even though Arthur and Merle are teens in this book, something about this book seemed like it was meant for an older audience, not YA audience. In general, the overall feel I get from this book is old, and it really does feel like it was written long before 2012...that seems too recent of a publication date, at least for me.
I didn't really care for Merle, who gets this scholarship (I think), only to drop out of school. It seems like such a waste, especially for someone who wanted to get away from her family and the rural area she grew up in. We do get to know more about her than Arthur- possibly because he was a published poet in real life. Merle's timeline seemed much more fleshed out than Arthur's, and I kind of wanted a little bit more of Arthur.
My Rating: 2 stars. I think I liked the idea of the story more than the story itself. Overall, Radiant Days was just okay. ...more
I randomly picked this one up from the library recently, but it was an okay listen for me.
One: I wasn't expecting Isabelle to be so young- granted, shI randomly picked this one up from the library recently, but it was an okay listen for me.
One: I wasn't expecting Isabelle to be so young- granted, she's 13, but I assumed that she would be a lot older. Still, it's nice to see a book focused on a middle school character, instead of one in high school, which seems to be a lot more common.
Two: I didn't feel like Isabelle moved up the social ladder at all. Sitting at the popular for all of two weeks...we don't see much change in Isabelle's social status as result, and she's more on the periphery than anything else.
Three: At one point Ashley is bleeding from her mouth after we see both girls purge. Nothing happens with this, and it seemed like a random thing to bring up, only for Ashley to be perfectly fine. It's explained away as "it happens sometimes, it's no big deal." I really expected Ashley to end up in the hospital or something.
Four: I did like seeing how Isabelle changed over the course of the book. By the end of the book, she was starting to deal with the death of her father, and she got to the point where she went over a day without throwing up, and I like seeing that change in her.
Five: Danielle Ferland seem to narrate a teenage girl pretty well, but there was nothing about her performance that really stood out to me. I wouldn't avoid any books narrated by her, but I'm also not running out to see what else she's narrated.
Six: This has more to do with the actual CD's I checked out with the library, but there were a couple tracks on the last disk that were a little funky, and went super fast, so there are a few minutes I ended up missing...including the very end. I should probably say something when I return it.
Seven: Isabelle goes to group therapy, and Trish wants to see her individually...but it seems like no one ever mentions anything to Isabelle's mom. Really? You want to see her more, and yet you only ask Isabelle, a 13-year-old girl, about it? That seems a little weird to me.
Eight: It seemed pretty open-ended, with not a lot of resolution, which is fine, but...I don't know. I think I wanted more of a conclusion. Or even a longer book, because it wasn't much over 4 hours, and maybe things could have been a little more resolved then they were in the book.
Nine: Her dad's death was super-vague. She only mentioned he died unexpectedly, and that he was sick but they didn't know about it, so that was really weird. Did the mom know, and not give her kids more information, or did everyone just get taken off-guard. There was just something off about his death.
Ten: How she treated her little sister. I'm an only child so sibling relationships are completely foreign to me, but I thought Isabelle treated her younger sister (by three years) sort of mean.
Eleven: The fact that a 13 year-old and ten-year-old are making themselves pizza from scratch and mac and cheese and have to feed themselves because their mom still cries herself to sleep at night and randomly sleeps during the day...they weren't completely on their own, and their mom didn't completely check out. But they were still on their own a lot, which is weird because their mom is a college professor teaching a couple classes. The mom also seems to constantly grading papers (understandable, given it's English she teaches). And I'm sure the mom has meetings and office hours, but there was something off about the mom too. Besides grieving, something didn't fit quite right.
My Rating: 2 stars. I wanted to like it more, but it was just okay....more