Another fantastic read from Hocking. Her success has really grown since her self-pubbed Trylle series, and she seriously deserves it.
She's a great wri...moreAnother fantastic read from Hocking. Her success has really grown since her self-pubbed Trylle series, and she seriously deserves it.
She's a great writer, and an even better storyteller. I found myself entranced by her book, just as Gemma was entranced by the water. The book was mostly light, but there was this dark cloud that kind of floated above it the whole time. Those pretty girls are not as pretty as you think they are. Creepy... It also makes me think of Mean Girls.
There was a fantastic set of secondary characters. Harper kind of shared the spotlight with Gemma, and I enjoyed her story just as much (if not more) as Gemma's. Alex was such a sweet guy, although he didn't add a lot to the story, IMHO. Daniel was probably my favorite character. I loved seeing his relationship build with Harper, and he was an awesome dude. (I can't really put it into other words.) The parents were even in the picture (ha, don't see that in YA nowadays), but Hocking put a little twist in their dynamic that made the story much deeper and sadder.
The story itself moved at a slightly less-than-comfortable slow pace, but I still enjoyed it nevertheless. It really built up at the end, and I am looking forward to picking up the sequel next year. Thanks to the pubs for the chance to review this book, and thanks to Ms. Hocking for another well-spent few hours!(less)
Have you been searching for the perfect, cute, beach read? Or something to brighten up those rainy, spring-summery-ish days? WELL SEARCH NO MORE, because you have come to the right place!
*steps off the ringmaster stand thing*
Elizabeth Margaret's life is structured, sheltered, and has pretty much been all figured out since Day 1. It looks perfect from the outside, but... I'd say it just isn't life. So Elizabeth Margaret (quite a mouthful) is finally done with high school. She has one last summer left to enjoy, until she goes to Harvard and then has to work in her dad's firm. Fun, right? Not quite. But then she receives a card from a long-lost aunt who invites her to hang out with her on her tropical-ish island resort. What does Em do? Well, to quote Drake, YOLO. (Yes, I had to put that in there.) Em hops onto a plane and lands in what is to her paradise/heaven, and life is wonderful. And the rest of the story, well you can find out for yourself.
As I said before, this book was cute and perfect as a light, easy read on a sunny day. There wasn't anything that I disliked about it, but there wasn't anything that really stood out to me, either. It's a book that is definitely targeted toward a younger audience (I seem to have been reading a lot of those recently... it's kind of boring.) and something that I think little girls would enjoy. I even teared up at the end, because I'm cheesy like that.
All in all, I don't really have much to say about this book. I read it and enjoyed it, although it did not make a huge impact on me since I'm just too old for this kind of stuff. Introduce this to your middle-schooler kid. Don't expect anything earth-shattering, but this book is quick, an easy read, and good.(less)
This is not a happy book. We all know how Romeo and Juliet ends, anyways, so there's not much I can spoil for you here. Rebecca Serle was true to the...moreThis is not a happy book. We all know how Romeo and Juliet ends, anyways, so there's not much I can spoil for you here. Rebecca Serle was true to the Shakespearean tragedy (Which I thought was the stupidest thing ever written. That doesn't stop me from reading things based off of it, though. I have a soft spot for romance.) The book brings out your sad emotions and makes you feel sorry for yourself. Or somebody else. It's kind of depressing.
Main characters are, obviously, crucial to the success of a story, and I just wasn't satisfied with Rose. She was a nice person, I guess. But she's also one of those people that tend to blame themselves whenever anything happens, and that kind of sucks for us readers because we're stuck reading about this depressed/distraught/angry chick who's going to be either crying, numb and sleep-walking through the day, or pissed off at the world... for about half the book.
The other characters in this book were amusing, but I didn't really connect with them at all. Olivia and Charlie were the typical, loyal best friends. They were a little cray cray. And Olivia could be really stupid and lost sometimes, and the way Rose portrayed her made me feel like Rose didn't really even like her that much. (I'm sure she did. Could've been my imagination. Maybe Olivia's ignorance was endearing or something to them.) The guys were in the book, but that's about it. Other than Len and Rob, we don't really learn much at all about the other guys, which I found kind of boring. Juliet was a witch, but she had a more broken inside. Nothing really new, and I just didn't think there was much character development.
I think Serle did a good job of telling the story. She put a creative twist to it, telling it from the point of view of a side character (i.e. not Romeo or Juliet) and I thought it was cleverly done, how she fit in the star-crossed lovers' story, but created a whole new main plot for Rose. This book is funny, sad, and a number of other emotions. Contemporary and classic retelling fans will definitely enjoy this one.(less)