I've heard some really good things about Luna, and figured I'd read it. I have mixed feelings about it, though, and it's mostly because of the charactI've heard some really good things about Luna, and figured I'd read it. I have mixed feelings about it, though, and it's mostly because of the characters and (to me) the reliance on stereotypes and lack of nuance.
It was really frustrating to read Luna's story through Regan's eyes. Regan came across as really selfish and whiny, and I felt like she was the stereotypical "it's so hard and it's such a burden to have a sibling who's different, woe is me because I have to keep their secret, and if people find out that my brother is transgender, I'll never have my own identity because I'll only be seen as the sister of someone who is transgender" sibling.
Instead of feeling for her, and how hard it has to be to be your sister's confidante and secret keeper, I instead spent most of the book feeling like she needed to get over herself. Considering how close they were supposed to be, all I can tell you about Luna is that she is very stereotypical female. That's not a bad thing, but we get no insight into Luna as a person and how much Luna is struggling to be accepted for who she is. Luna is going through a lot, and Regan's selfishness and need to be a martyr really took away from Luna's story.
I felt very much removed and distanced from what was going on, and even the flashbacks we get are more about Regan than they are about Luna.
I also thought that Luna needed a lot more development, and she wasn't very nuanced to me. I did mention that Luna was a little too stereotypical- very into make-up and clothes and shopping, but not all females are. I'm not sure if the lack of nuance is because of the filter in which we see Luna, or if there's just a lack of character development. Maybe both. Either way, this book is not about Luna and her transition, it's about how Luna is ruining Regan's life and how much better Regan's life would be if Luna were "normal."
Looking back at what I just wrote, it's definitely clear to me that my feelings aren't as mixed as I thought. I wanted to read more about Luna, not Luna's spoiled brat of a sister, and I wish we saw more of Luna. Both Luna and Regan narrating could have been interesting, but given how stereotypical the characters were, I don't know if Luna narrating even a few chapters would have made a difference. Luna felt more like an object than an actual person, which was really disappointing because Luna's story seemed much more interesting than Regan's.
My Rating: 1 star. Regan was too frustrating and hard to care about, and her selfishness really took away from Luna's story. ...more
I've had Evolution for a while, and finally started reading it, but I also wasn't a big fan of the book. It had the potential to be really interestingI've had Evolution for a while, and finally started reading it, but I also wasn't a big fan of the book. It had the potential to be really interesting, but it also fell short.
The book is sort of based on that idea that we only use a certain percentage of our brains, only in this book, there are people who have evolved to the point that they have special abilities because they can use a larger percentage of their brain. Sort of like that movie that came out a couple of years ago with Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson, Lucy? That's what I was reminded of, but without the whole drug-trafficking story line. So, there were things about this book that didn't make sense to me. She was told she had all of these abilities, but her boyfriend, the only person she knows who has the same abilities as her, doesn't really explain what's going on, and why some people can do what they can, and others can't. The part in the summary where it mentions someone terrorizing her dreams, and that she's a puppet in this huge game? That didn't really happen in the book. At all. I finished this book (which was a lot shorter than I thought it would be) with more questions than I did when I started. Did her boyfriend know the entire time that Jade has supernatural abilities? Because the summary made it seem like he knew, and hung around in Australia for that reason.
I was also left wondering why someone kidnapped her best friend, why a select few have this ability, and what sort of "game" is going on? Considering everything the summary says this book is about, I really expected a lot more to be going on. I want more of an explanation than the idea that some people are born really advanced. This first book makes it seem like it's this very select group of people...and yet it also seems like it' might be somewhat common.
And Jade's mom is super-absent, but has no problem with her teenage daughter constantly staying at her boyfriend's house. That seemed a little weird to me, and it makes me wonder what was going on with her mom, because her mom constantly blew her off. And it seemed like the mom was hiding something.
There's just no backstory, and while the idea was interesting, I just didn't like how it was told. It was too rushed, too short, and really hard to believe. And I know I have said that there are no explanations for anything, but it was really frustrating. Things happened for no reason, and the book didn't make a lot of sense because of that.
The characters were a little too...boring. Aiden was too perfect, and Jade was not memorable. Actually, Aiden wasn't very memorable either, and I could not tell you a single thing about them. I really couldn't.
My Rating: 1 star. The idea was sort of interesting, but the lack of explanation about pretty much anything makes me not want to keep reading the series. ...more
I really liked Walk On Earth A Stranger! I am really glad I read it!
I really like that it's set during the Gold Rush, and that you see Leah on the OreI really liked Walk On Earth A Stranger! I am really glad I read it!
I really like that it's set during the Gold Rush, and that you see Leah on the Oregon Trail. The time period made me think of Under A Painted Sky by Stacy Lee, so chances are, if like one book, you'll like the other one. But really, why are more books not set during this time period? I want to read more books set during the Gold Rush. Especially Gold Rush-era books that have a hint of the paranormal.
I really liked Leah, and I felt for her, losing her parents becasue of her ability. And if people found out, what would they do to get to Leah? Like her uncle. Oh, how I hated her uncle. He's just horrible. I did like that that the people she traveled with supported her, and took her in, and stood up to her uncle. They're definitely a good group of people, and I hope we see more of them in the next book. Even though I didn't like her uncle, and don't want to see him again, I'm pretty sure we have not seen the last of him. And I will admit that a lot of the characters could have been a little bit more developed, but I'm hoping that comes later, and I feel like there's more to them than what we see in the book.
The Oregon Trail really was a dangerous journey, and yet, for people like Leah and the people she traveled with, it was worth it for a different life. If I decided to pack up and move across the country, I probably wouldn't think anything of it, but for Leah, and others like her, it was a pretty big and dangerous decision and journey, and I can't imagine the obstacles she had to deal with. Because of all of the traveling, the book moves at a pretty slow pace, but it was something I hadn't thought of until right now. But in this case, it works well for the book, because of everything that happens on this part of the journey.
And her ability to sense gold! That's definitely different, and yet it works for the time period. I can't imagine what it would be like to know where gold is, and how dangerous it would be to have that ability during the gold rush. Or that time period. It could be handy, as long as people don't figure it out. And really, Leah is just awesome. She is really tough (though I imagine she would have to be) and she is one determined young lady. I want things to work out for so, so much. I like that she wants to be herself, and that she wants to be more than what society expected her to be. Sometimes, characters like Leah frustrate me, but with her, it wasn't frustrating at all! I think there's a certain vulnerability to Leah, and that was really nice to see.
My Rating: 4 stars. For some reason, I didn't quite love it, even though it is the sort of book I would love, but I still really liked it, and I can't wait to read the next one!...more
I liked Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac! I didn't love it or anything, but it's a cute story about a girl re-discovering things after losing her memorieI liked Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac! I didn't love it or anything, but it's a cute story about a girl re-discovering things after losing her memories from the last few years.
Even though the book had its predictable moments, I also had no idea how things would be resolved or where they were headed. I really liked that, and I think it fit really well with Naomi's story. I didn't quite connect with Naomi, because she definitely came across as selfish and spoiled and stupid at times. I did feel for her, though, because I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to have an accident and lose the last few years of your life. It's amazing how one moment can change everything, and this book really highlights that.
A lot of the other characters were really interesting (like Will and James), and I thought their stories really brought out Naomi's story. There's definitely a lot going on, but overall, the book had a really good balance of serious moments and some more light-hearted moments. And I really liked the narrator! Her voice sounded so familiar, and I don't know why, because I've never listened anything narrated by Greer before. But her voice was perfect for Naomi, and she was exactly how I pictured Naomi's voice to sound.
I don't really have much else to say about Memoirs. I'm not sure if it's because I've forgotten what I wanted to say, or if it's because not a lot stood out to me.
My Rating: 3 stars. I liked it, and it was really cute, but I also didn't love it....more