The author said in an interview she decided later what would be Parker's secret and it shows. The ending...moreIt wasn't bad but I wasn't satisfied either.
The author said in an interview she decided later what would be Parker's secret and it shows. The ending is underdeveloped and it doesn't make any sense. It kinda ruined the rest of the story for me, which was sweet if what cliche. Props to the writer for taking a classic book I didn't know yet, instead of Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter or Wuthering Heights which are usually used.
What bothered me for example was (view spoiler)[ Parker who was supposed to be an undercover cop who scouts high school for drugs. So how does he go about that? Does he try to mingle with the students? He doesn't. He acts like an arrogant and unsocial bastard. He doesn't socialize and just sits there for a year and does nothing besides getting good grades. Just because he rides a motorcycle and is wearing a leather jacket doesn't mean the drug dealers will come running to him!!! (hide spoiler)] It just didn't make any sense and it pissed me off. I understand it's fiction but that doesn't mean rational thought and common sense are excluded.
As far as self-published books go, this one wasn't bad and if you can't care if stories are logical, you're in for a good read.
If you want to read a great Bad Boy/Good Girl story I'd recommend Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.
Darkfever isn't my favorite because Mac is really annoying in the beginning but fantastic nonetheless. The great story makes up for it. You're pulled...moreDarkfever isn't my favorite because Mac is really annoying in the beginning but fantastic nonetheless. The great story makes up for it. You're pulled in the dark world of the Seelie and Unseelie and it doesn't let you go. I read the first 4 books in one weekend and had to suffer agony before they released the last book. The Fever series is more like one continuing story divided in five parts. So prepare to get sucked in and not released until the final page of Shadowfever.
Oh and I want Jericho Barrons babies, that or his bookstore(less)
I loved it! Great YA book with fantastic characters. It's touching and real.
This is one of those books you keep returning to like an old friend. I've...moreI loved it! Great YA book with fantastic characters. It's touching and real.
This is one of those books you keep returning to like an old friend. I've re-read Saving Francesca countless time and I hope this review won't turn into an all round Melina Marchetta adoration fest (I'll save that for later when you've been properly seduced by my tragic english).
What it's about:
Saving Francesca is about a 16-year old girl that fights all the time with her mom, Mia. Her mom is a communications lecturer at the university and challenges her family daily, much to Francesca's annoyance. She wishes that her mother would just let her be and not constantly tell her who she is. She hates the co-ed school St. Sebastian her mother picked out and describes it as follows.
"St. Sebastian's pretends it's co-ed by giving us our own toilet. The rest of the place is all male and I know what you're thinking if you're a girl. What a dream come true, right? Seven hundred and fifty boys and thirty girls? But the reality is that it's either like living in a fishbowl or like you don't exist."
Since going to the new school she hasn't made any new friends and misses her old ones. One of the girls, Tara Finke, who is an ultra feminist and activist tries to make a change and forces Francesca to make the girls' case to the House leader, William Trombal. Will is a smug strait-laced A-student with big ambitions who happens to look really interesting.
But then her mother doesn't come out of her bed one morning. Francesca doesn't know what to do and her father pretends there's nothing wrong. She doesn't know what to do and feels lost. Will Francesca be able to save herself?
What I love about this book are the characters. They feel so as if though they really exist. Even the secondary ones are well drawn and Marchetta never resorts to stereo types. They all have their own problems and are far from perfect but that's what makes them real. The central theme is family and the importance of having people who care about you. Mia is and without her the entire family is in crisis. While Francesca and her mother fight a lot you also feel how much they love each other and how close their bond is. In the course of the book she slowly starts opening up to the people around her and starts making friends with the people she previously put in a box and made fun of. They seem like real friends who are even there during the good and the bad times. They are relatable and fun. Did I mention that? This book is very funny. Francesca delightfully sarcastic and makes really funny observations of the people around her. Her love interest isn't perfect either and while he makes bad choices, you really feel for him (although sometimes you want to smack him for being slightly clueless). In the end this book just feels exactly right and I hope you'll love her too. I think Marchetta puts the bar for Young-Adult writers very high and Saving Francesca is a prime example of that.
You should read this book because it's honest, funny, sometimes painful. In the end it's all about love and isn't that the most important thing of all.
"I think we're made up of all these different pieces and every time someone goes, you're left with less of yourself.”
“Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy.”
“Memory is a funny thing. It tricks you into believing that you've forgotten important moments, and then when you're raking your brain for a bit of information that might make sens of something else, it taps you on the head an says, "Remember when you told me to put that memory in the green rubbish bin? Well, I didn't, I put it in the black recycling tub, and it's coming your way again.”
Short but good story building. She did good with the time travel between multiple dimensions. Time travel is hard to get right and usually there are p...moreShort but good story building. She did good with the time travel between multiple dimensions. Time travel is hard to get right and usually there are plot holes the size of Canada.
I really liked the latest Kelley Armstrong. It kicks off a new trilogy called Darkness rising. It has some cross-overs between her Women of the Otherw...moreI really liked the latest Kelley Armstrong. It kicks off a new trilogy called Darkness rising. It has some cross-overs between her Women of the Otherworld series and the Darkest Powers trilogy. I think we'll see more of them in the following books (of which the second is due in 2012!!!).
But back to the first one. It was a refreshing story compared to the flood of YA fantasy books flooding the market, aside from some stereotypes -which could have been worse-, it avoids many cliches and I really liked our main character, Maya. She was funny, smart and she actually thought before doing something (That was original! *insert sarcasm*). The setting was also rather unique, especially for YA books. In the middle of the woods in a medical research town. Ooh! I liked it very much. The boys were also much more realistic than modern YA boys. Rafe was cute, I wasn't a fan of Perfect-Daniel though.
The only thing I didn't like was how long it took for the plot to start. It's a trilogy so story spreads over multiple books but still it wasn't a satisfying ending. And the next one doesn't come out until next year!
I will certainly recommend this book to my friends and everybody else who loves YA fantasy.(less)
Short but heartbreaking story of two men with an impossible romance. It was... i don't know but the best word I seem to come up with is devastating. F...moreShort but heartbreaking story of two men with an impossible romance. It was... i don't know but the best word I seem to come up with is devastating. For me it was an unique and very important story.
Will see the movie soon, which was the reason to read this in the first place.(less)