Nick Hornby rocks. This, being his latest book, tickled me to no end. It's catagorized as a young adult book but it doesn't have to be. It's main charNick Hornby rocks. This, being his latest book, tickled me to no end. It's catagorized as a young adult book but it doesn't have to be. It's main character, Sam, is most likely someone that I knew at one point in my life and the way that Nick draws out this character... well, it would have been helpful to read when I was sixteen and had to deal with skateboard addicts and boys in general. There is a great line near the end of the book: 'I hate time. It never does what you want it to.' Bingo. ...more
Goddamn it. I hate you, Barry Lyga. By that I mean I love you but right now you are not my favorite person. I will get to that later.
Having vented... Goddamn it. I hate you, Barry Lyga. By that I mean I love you but right now you are not my favorite person. I will get to that later.
Having vented... if you haven't read anything by Barry Lyga, you are a fool. If you consider yourself a fan of YA and haven't read him then you are an even bigger fool. Please put down your dystopian vampire love triangle and pick up something. Anything. Read Boy Toyor The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Read the first book in this series, I Hunt Killers. Just READ.
Because he is creepy and awesome. Creepingly awesome. I gush. I can't help it. Then I see this on his goodreads page... So help me god, put down that fantasy crap* and read him.
Now, back to my gut wrenching hatred for Mr. Lyga. How DARE you end this book this way. It is 4:20 (I'm not making that up, btw) in the morning and I just finished your second installment of Jasper Dent and now I want to throttle you. I hope that you have been chained to your computer and are furiously belting out the next book. I hope you don't sleep until it is finished. If I see you, do not think that I won't go all Annie Wilkes on your ass. In exchange, I promise that if you receive another pink slip, I will hunt down those people and end them. Billy Dent would be proud.
Now get writing.
*crap meant in the most lovingly way, of course....more
I'm not sure what had me pick up this book, but it warms my heart whenever I read it. I know it's told from the point of view of the male character, bI'm not sure what had me pick up this book, but it warms my heart whenever I read it. I know it's told from the point of view of the male character, but as a wife of a, let's be nice here, music fiend... I completely get this. It might have actually given me some insight as to why he is as he is. Nick Hornby is, in my opinion, one of the great modern writers and I hope that he continues to treat us....more
The worst thing in the world would be to pretend t know the people whose lives I step through. They cannot be homes to me. They must be hotel rooms.
LeThe worst thing in the world would be to pretend t know the people whose lives I step through. They cannot be homes to me. They must be hotel rooms.
Levithan is revisiting A, the character he introduced us to in Every Day. I suppose this is a prequel that needs to be read as a sequel so you understand A, you can see, be, the six different people that A has chosen you to glimpse.
Again, such beauty. One day does not ever seem enough and to stay detached, to try to not disrupt, to always have to be thinking of the person you are squatting in and not yourself... I don't envy A.
"It's the secret smile you get from knowing that, somewhere, there is someone who is yours. Not in the sense that you own her, or control her. She is yours because you can say anything to her."
Too often we realize this too late.
"The desire to be heard is as deepply seeded as the desire to be loved. So much of the technology we spend our time on is geared toward this. For some people, it doesn't matter who's on the other end."
I want to hug David Levithan. I have since I met A, Nick, Nora... and now I want to meet all of his creations. I may even go back and find which Baby Sitter's Club books he wrote.
I'm a geek.. I'm nerd... I have no life.. but if not living means I can throw myself in a Levithan world, then I'm okay with that. I feel lighter after one of his reads.
I put off reading this for the first few months that I knew it was out there. I always get nervous that the sequel won't live up to the original. But,I put off reading this for the first few months that I knew it was out there. I always get nervous that the sequel won't live up to the original. But, alas, I was wrong. This book is just, if not, as endearing as Stargirl. Here, you get to see Stargirl inside out. Instead of just being a prairie skirted, ukelele playing object of Leo's eye, you see her point of view and the year that she spends after Leo. The characters are amazingly original and I grew to love Stargirl even more. A definite read. ...more
Crikey. I know I have a tendency to gush. Yeah, yeah, get over it. But, Hell on Wheels, I love this series. I’ve been trying to get friends to read itCrikey. I know I have a tendency to gush. Yeah, yeah, get over it. But, Hell on Wheels, I love this series. I’ve been trying to get friends to read it for years, but it seems like they shut down when I say ‘Have you read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series yet?’ Is it the title? Because, puhlease… you guys have hauled around much worse and don’t say you haven’t.
Laini Taylor is freakin’ awesome. I mean, the fact that she can pull off cerise colored hair at 42 really should be enough, but the worlds that she builds in DOSAB are fanciful and impressive and goddammit her characters are KICK.ASS.
Okay, yes. I’ve fallen for the hype of other, lesser series (cough, cough) and I can totally see you brushing me off here, but you would be doing yourself an injustice. I would like to thank karen for introducing me to DOSAB with her zero cool review. I mean, yes, she usually outdoes herself but what drew me to this review was the sincerity. I love her beaver reviews and her sex addict sea monster addiction, but there was such a sweetness to this review that I knew we’d be kin.
So, now I have to ask: Would I have ever been able to admit that I fell in love with a book that had fiery hawt angels (well, yeah, not a stretch) and blue haired artists living in Prague (keep going, Kim, you’re not fooling anyone) that have this intense, unrequited love that lasts through thousands of years and maybe even a few different lifetimes?
But, then I’d have to kind of gawk at totally crushing on chimeras with hooves and batwings and horns. A little too close to bestiality for my comfort, but HERE I AM, falling for Ziri and loving Issa, "snake tail, the hood and fangs of a cobra, and clothes herself with snakes" and then there’s Brimstone, “a chimaera with a ram's head, lion haunches, raptor feet, and reptilian eyes, with the rest being like a man's” who I actually wish was MY father.
It’s a stretch.
But, it works and that’s what you have to love about this series. Laini, my(unbeknownst to her) BFF crafts these great parallel universes and each book is better than the last. Akiva and Karou. Zuzana and Mik. Ziri and Liraz. Who needs Bogie and Bacall (too soon?)? I love these characters and I will admit that I cried when it ended. Laini states that series readers are the best readers. I can see that, because we are INVESTED. (Yeah, all you Game of Thrones fans.. you be nodding). I was invested in the misbegotten seraphim and the chimera. I wanted Eretz to survive, I cried for Loramendi. I hated the Stelians until I didn’t.
I know that none of this means anything to those who haven’t read this. I’m hoping that you sense the excitement and the passion that I have for these books and decide to visit these characters and these realms, because if not, you are SO missing out.
Here's a taste: "Liraz had heard it said that there was only one emotion which, in recollection, was capable of resurrecting the full immediacy and power of the original - one emotion that time could never fade, and that would drag you back any number of years into the pure, undiluted feeling, as if you were living it anew. It wasn't love - not that she had any experience of that one - and it wasn't hate, or anger, or happiness, or even grief. Memories of those were but echoes of the true feeling. It was shame. Shame never faded, and Liraz realized only now that this was the baseline of her emotions - her bitter, curdled "normal" - and that her soul was poisoned soil in which nothing good could grow."
I was introduced to Weetzie in college during my children's writing class and it was the best return on investment of those college loans. Never thinkI was introduced to Weetzie in college during my children's writing class and it was the best return on investment of those college loans. Never thinking that I would be a fan of L.A., and never really caring... I completely fell for Francesca's version of it. Not just in these books, but also in her others... I think using Houdini's mansion is wonderful. This changed how I approached my own writing. I know that they label it as young adult, but I feel that anyone with this mindset could fall in love with these books. ...more