This book reminds me of Miranda Lambert’s first album, Kerosene. It’s fun and fresh – very country singer-songwriter with a nod to bluegrass (banjos!)This book reminds me of Miranda Lambert’s first album, Kerosene. It’s fun and fresh – very country singer-songwriter with a nod to bluegrass (banjos!) and the slightest hint of pop – those catchy hooks (Notice Me!).
I’ll start out by saying that I really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight as well as This is What Happy Looks Like, but The GeI’ll start out by saying that I really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight as well as This is What Happy Looks Like, but The Geography of You and Me felt like it was missing something. Maybe that spark between the two main characters. Throughout the book, I just couldn’t understand the apparent attraction between the two. In the other books, I felt the connection and that’s what made me like the books.
Lack of chemistry aside, I found the setting of a blackout of New York City (and what it would be like) was really creative. I read this book while I was in New York and being able to look up at the night sky and try to imagine what it would be like to see the stars and trying to imagine what the city would be like without power was just insane – I seriously couldn’t imagine it!
And, of course, the travel bug in me loved all of the different settings that we get to see – especially London!
While this book had qualities that I really liked – the travel, the concept of the blackout, I think the absence of love that I felt – errmm – the love that I didn’t feel, made me question why the characters did what they did and that’s why I couldn’t 100% get behind it....more
Talk about a punch in the mouth! This book is all action. Right from the very beginning, we see how cold and calculating the main character is, and ITalk about a punch in the mouth! This book is all action. Right from the very beginning, we see how cold and calculating the main character is, and I think that’s what makes this particular thriller/action YA book stand out from others. That, plus the main character is a boy. Based on this book and My Life, The Theater, and other Tragedies, I think Allen Zadoff really has a knack for writing boys in a way that any reader (girl or boy) can identify with but also stays true to a boy character – am I making any sense?
One of the most interesting parts about this book was how Zadoff managed to make the main character so unemotional and yet still likable. Usually I don’t like the tough character who does his/her own thing, but it worked so well for this book that I couldn’t help but be wrapped up in the action and root for him.
If you’re looking for a good book for young boys, this one is a definite go-to. Fans of The Maze Runner will enjoy it for sure....more
35 pages before I abandoned. I thought I was going to love it after 15 pages but nope, I just couldn't - this was too whiny for me and I could not con35 pages before I abandoned. I thought I was going to love it after 15 pages but nope, I just couldn't - this was too whiny for me and I could not connect to either narrator....more
The Wishing Spell follows Alex and Conner Bailey, a set of twins, as they navigate their way through the fantasy land within their family’s 3.5 stars
The Wishing Spell follows Alex and Conner Bailey, a set of twins, as they navigate their way through the fantasy land within their family’s storybook. This magical world encompasses all of the well-known fairytales, and each has their own “kingdom”. Stuck in this alternate world, the twins must go through each of these kingdoms on a scavenger hunt of sorts to collect items they need to get back home.
No doubt about it, this is a middle grade book. And while I liked it, it was definitely in need of some better editing. Some of the sentences were choppy and often “told” too much of the story, rather than showing the readers and letting them interpret things for themselves. Despite that, the actual story, itself, was very captivating and I found myself unable to put it down. It had unexpected takes on some of the characters and I liked how well the kingdoms and various fairytales were weaved together.
Each chapter begins with an illustration and Brandon Dorman’s talent is evident. I know there is color map that will be included in the final version of this book, but I wish it could have been in the ARC for reviewers to see. I had a chance to see it when Chris spoke at the Children’s Author Breakfast at BEA and it’s a great visual aid.
Yes, I will admit that I was initially interested in this book because I watch Glee, but after hearing Chris talk about how this book has been years in the making (with his grandmother being his first editor, when he was a kid), I truly wanted to read it. It was a really fun adventure of a book and I hope to read more about the Bailey twins and whatever the future holds for them....more
Another great work from A.S. King. In Ask the Passengers, we meet Astrid Jones, who is struggling with not only figuring out who she is but also publiAnother great work from A.S. King. In Ask the Passengers, we meet Astrid Jones, who is struggling with not only figuring out who she is but also publicly displaying it. She is falling in love with another girl but doesn’t quite know what to make of it – add in her slightly odd family – and the fact that she lays on a picnic table in her backyard and you’ve got an interesting story!
I LOVE the way the A.S. King writes. (And though she did get a Printz Honor Award for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, I don’t think she gets as much praise as she deserves!) Her writing cuts right to the heart of things for me and when I’m craving something deep and meaningful, I always know that she’ll hit it out of the park. When Astrid sends her “love” up to the people in the planes, I really enjoyed seeing how that affected the people sitting up there. And not only that, but the reader was also given a small bit of background information on them (the passengers) and it took me, as a reader, outside of Astrid’s story without taking me out of the novel and that’s a very tricky line to walk.
Fans of Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Everybody Sees the Ants will enjoy this one for sure. Make sure to read when you’re feeling really angsty! ...more