I’m here to tell you it’s as good as it sounds. I found myself at once desperate to read more and eager to linger in the world Bardugo created. The noI’m here to tell you it’s as good as it sounds. I found myself at once desperate to read more and eager to linger in the world Bardugo created. The novel’s imagery is lush and I was rather drawn to Alina’s dry wit. The story is told from her perspective, and she’s a girl you can both relate to and root for. My only complaint? I’m going to have to wait a whole freaking year to read book two....more
From the first page, The Graveyard Book is inventive and elegantly written. Gaiman moves the story at a nice clip while still developing the world ofFrom the first page, The Graveyard Book is inventive and elegantly written. Gaiman moves the story at a nice clip while still developing the world of the Graveyard and a subtle, magical system in play surrounding the novel's events. I liked Bod, but my true allegiance probably lies with his guardian, Silas, who is probably a vampire although it doesn't really matter. I found the book easy to lay aside at night, but easy to pick back up - a rare feat. I'm generally a devourer or an abandoner, but Gaimon's tale is so well-drawn, I didn't mind lingering with the story....more
Eve is a well-written, post-apocalyptic YA novel that will appeal to readers looking for a strong romantic subplot. Readers will also be drawn in by tEve is a well-written, post-apocalyptic YA novel that will appeal to readers looking for a strong romantic subplot. Readers will also be drawn in by the gender dynamics at play in this dystopian novel where most of the population has been wiped out by a plague.
Personally, I was drawn into the concept of a world of orphans and the idea that our shared history has been lost save for the glimpses into the past found in abandoned cities or the vague memories of small children. Eve's story is one of loss beginning with that of her mother and, ultimately, her own beautiful innocence when she discovers the sinister machinations at play in her world.
I found Carey's prose to be a haunting reflection on the passage of time and the decay of civilization, reminiscent of novels like Wither and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I will be extremely interested to see where the series takes us after Eve's life-altering decision at the end of the first book....more
Ditched was pitched as The Hangover teens, and although there are no tigers and the tattoos are temporary, it delivers a crazy ride of a story. You thDitched was pitched as The Hangover teens, and although there are no tigers and the tattoos are temporary, it delivers a crazy ride of a story. You thought your prom night was bad? Check out this epic tale of betrayal (maybe), curry (yum), and secondhand formal wear, and those icky chicken pinwheels and wannabe Aerosmith cover band won't look so bad after all....more
In college, I taped the poem "Do Not Go Gentle" onto the wall over my computer. I knew from English class that it was written by Thomas to his father,In college, I taped the poem "Do Not Go Gentle" onto the wall over my computer. I knew from English class that it was written by Thomas to his father, who was dying, but for years the poem had resonated with me. In my version, I deleted "old age" and replaced it with "youth." The idea of fighting for what you want, for what you believe in, but most importantly, not accepting who society tells you to be has long made it a favorite of mine (only The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ranks higher actually).
When I began Matched, I didn't love the first chapter, but I went along with it. There's nothing wrong with the first chapter, but it didn't grab me the way some novels do. But, as I well know, some of my favorite books snuck up on me and grew roots in my soul without me realizing until it was much too late to resist. This is one of those books. I do suspect it was the first time she read the hidden copy of Thomas' poem that got me, but the repeated identification of Cassia with the poem cemented it's spot in my current favorites' list.
The worldbuilding and the concept were nothing new or catchy. Rather it was the emotional and philosophical growth of Cassia that hooked me. One of the things I love about YA is that it represents life on the cusp of the world. Teenagers exist somewhere between what their parents have sculpted them to be and what society expects, and it's in that gray space that they form identity. This limbo is where experience happens and everything remains possible. When I was younger, I clung to the idea that I would not go gentle. I wouldn't become a mother or eagerly join the middle class or rank among the intolerant groups obsessed with politics and value arguments.
As I prepare to turn thirty, I've had to take a step back and evaluate who I thought I would become and who I am. I'm a mother. I believe firmly in my opinions. I try to be open to others, but have a hard time with some political groups (let's just say I'm a coffee drinker). And although I've never really sold out in my own opinion to the comforts of the bourgeoisie, I've not always fought or raged at end of day either. Maybe that's why YA speaks to me, and specifically why Matched appealed to, as I prepare for the middle stage of my life, I find myself asking if my words have forked lightening, or I've merely prepared a face to meet the faces that I meet?
Maybe that's why I finally wrote a book. I'm not sure, but what I do know is the power of words, which I hope to harness a bit. I've spent my life coming back to my favorite poems. I can't imagine the ugliness of a world without them, a world like the one in Matched.
Do you know your favorite poems? Have you reread them throughout your life and gleaned new appreciate from your own changing perception? Do they rattle around in your brain? I have a hard time imagining we'd ever abandon literature and art, but that might be my own need for them talking. So hold fast to these works and examine them, share them, live and breathe them....more