The bunny's baaaaaack (excuse me, Paul Bruckner). But before that, we go from feeling terrified to thrilled (whoohoo adventure!) to more terror to ughThe bunny's baaaaaack (excuse me, Paul Bruckner). But before that, we go from feeling terrified to thrilled (whoohoo adventure!) to more terror to ugh, a bit bleak, but yeah, we're really figuring things out now! And by we, I mean Tom(my) Taylor and us. ...more
Oh, good, I understand more and more of what's going on! We're getting more of Lizzie and Savoy, Wilson Taylor shows up...with a wand!, and the cabalOh, good, I understand more and more of what's going on! We're getting more of Lizzie and Savoy, Wilson Taylor shows up...with a wand!, and the cabal is raising the stakes. Then just to mess with my head, even more of Lizzie's background is given to us in the format of...a Choose Your Own Adventure, which I loooooved when I was a kid. I was too tired to deal with this and had to read it, seriously, three times to make sure I got it all. So it was genius but exhausting, thus, three stars....more
I'm really wrestling with how to rate this. Yes, it was jumpy and confusing at first, but when I saw where we were going, it was awesome. But **SPOILEI'm really wrestling with how to rate this. Yes, it was jumpy and confusing at first, but when I saw where we were going, it was awesome. But **SPOILERS AHEAD** killing kids? I'm having a tough time with that. Cosi and Leon...it broke my heart they died holding each other and trying to use magic to save themselves.
I question any book that includes either rape or killing children. I remember reading Hunger Games, and hearing other people couldn't read it because of all of the dead kids, but it didn't bother me. In that context...it was integral to the story. This, though? Did we have to take it there? Sigh.
Another choice from my book club that I didn't think I'd like! But I did and most other people didn't! I will say that even though a lot of people didAnother choice from my book club that I didn't think I'd like! But I did and most other people didn't! I will say that even though a lot of people didn't finish this, and even though those that did mostly didn't like it, it was still a good book to discuss. A lot of interesting characters ("Who was your favorite and why?), interesting situations ("...and then this happened, and that, too!" *collective gasp and a few giggles*), and also writing choices (each chapter is from a different characters' perspective, etc.).
I actually really enjoyed the set-up of this book, though that's the main complaint that I see quickly looking at other people's reviews. Basically if people didn't find a character interesting, the entire chapter to them wasn't interesting, so that made the book uneven and weak. I disagree because I found all of the characters' perspectives interesting, even when I didn't like a character. I liked best Annie and Dorrie (not necessarily Dorrie's chapter but just Dorrie herself), but I could put up an argument for why every chapter was important to the whole book.
Overall, I thought the book was hysterical, and it's satirical but I didn't find it offensive or over-the-top playing into stereotypes (another argument I've heard against this book). The only time I felt like, Ehhh, really we're taking it there?, was Jerene's secret.
Read it if you're interested at all in reading about the American South today, specifically North Carolina. It addresses family, class and money, a changing society, history, history as we choose to frame it, etc. I'd love to read more from Wilton Barnhardt. ...more
There were many, many things to love about this book.
(1) Simon Very real, digs into some serious and universal feelings, but never comes across as clicThere were many, many things to love about this book.
(1) Simon Very real, digs into some serious and universal feelings, but never comes across as cliched. This can be tough to pull off in YA.
(2) Simon's friends. "And because your glasses make you look like Harry Potter, right, Simon?" One time. I said it once.
A lot of humor, but you can also see the love and comfort there. And we do have some interesting dynamics as people are introduced to their clique, are branching off into their own lives and relationships, etc. I like that all of the girls in the book are pretty badass with all of these proud boys digging them.
(3) Simon's family. They love and analyze the Bachelorette. Pajama pants, leftover ice cream cake, and Scattergories--can I please join this family? Alice, Simon, and Eleanor having a long-running joke about Alvin/Alice and the Chipmunks. Nick Eisner cookies and Simon Spier dance breaks. The inside jokes are endless and adorable and I giggled a lot. "Thank God for Alice. Thank God for Chips Ahoy! I'm going to have an awesome night with my sisters, and I'm going to stuff my face with cookies, and I'm definitely going to forget about Monkey's Asshole and his shady little winky emoticon. We relocate to the living room couch, and Bieber passes out cold with the whole front end of his body in Alice's lap." I honestly wanted to have another baby reading about these three siblings. Adorable. *I am not having another baby.* And then reading that part where Simon's parents talk about how much they loved observing their babies and they're growing up and it's hard to miss all the little changes they're going through! Sob!
(4) More of Simon, and really getting into why I love YA. "That's the thing people wouldn't understand. This coming out thing....I'm tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again."
There isn't any other point in your life where there's this much change going on, and you are going to be so damn angsty about it. I love revisiting that.
(5) Blue. I can't even start because I won't be able to stop.
(6) The theater stuff was all great. It made me jealous that I can't pop back in time and join my high school theater gang. Except that's not true because, bleh, high school and specifically, bleh, my high school. So I will instead wish I could pop into this book and join Simon's gang of high school theater friends. Even Taylor.
(7) The Atlanta shout-outs are fun.
Writing this review makes me want to reread the book :) Very cute, very funny, very sweet....more
So I always kind of giggle every month when I'm looking at Kindle's monthly deals at just how many ridiculous romance books are listed. I'm fairly newSo I always kind of giggle every month when I'm looking at Kindle's monthly deals at just how many ridiculous romance books are listed. I'm fairly new to the romance genre, so I'm game to read anything, even if it's ridiculous-sounding, and sometimes because it's ridiculous-sounding. (My first romance had a cowboy on the cover, and was selected purely because of its ridiculousness. Shout out to Erin who chose it for me. Hers had a Viking on it, if I'm remembering correctly?)
Anyway, I also giggle when I think about how millionaires just aren't good enough anymore. If you're going after a man with money, better make it a billionaire. And that's how I ended up with this book. And, you know, it was actually kind of good?
Our main character Chloe I immediately liked because she herself is a billionaire, so she was on the same level as her billionaire suitor (at least financially). She had an evil and abusive ex who is still screwing with her life, which added some seriousness to this book that I wasn't expecting. And our hero Gabe is not only a hottie billionaire (oh, God, I just wrote that), but he's also sensitive and patient and all of that (he buys her a horse! After questioning her mother!).
It was pretty perfect that I was snacking on popcorn while reading this mess, and yes, I will be reading the next one (and/or going back and reading the first seven in the Billionaires series). Also, because J. S. Scott is totally crazy, she has written a book featuring a trillionaire. *gleefully laughing* ...more
"Funambulist," said Sophronia Temminnick, quite suddenly. "Sophronia, such language!" Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott reprimanded. "Pardon?" said Agatha Woos"Funambulist," said Sophronia Temminnick, quite suddenly. "Sophronia, such language!" Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott reprimanded. "Pardon?" said Agatha Woosmoss. Sidheag Maccon, the final member of Sophronia's group, muttered, "Bless you."
Oh, this book, so much fun.
It's 1853, and we're again at our floating dirigible espionage/finishing school with Sophronia and the gang. They are definitely growing up, though, obvious because: Boys. Part of me feels like I'm supposed to be annoyed that so much of this book involves boys and how all the girls feel about various boys, but I pretty much let it go because of the time period and because Sophronia isn't a giggling mess of a girl. She has likes, dislikes, doubts, and goes round and round with her feelings. Also our author Gail Carriger cracks me up with the characters' collective innocence and cute flirting and gasping and blushing. Oh, Soap. Even Pillover has his moments.
About halfway through, I took a break from this to read another book because it felt like the author was getting bogged down in steampunkery and not moving along with our plot. But once we hop on a train, things start moving along (though it's pretty unbelievable that nobody is seeing their balloon's basket on the train roof forever). The conversations become more snappy, everybody has their kickass moments, and also there are other moments that are so heartfelt (including when Sophronia's heart hurts after a conversation with Soap. Mine hurt, too! Oh, sad face.).
Lady Linette had warned them of this. "Try not to think it glamorous, ladies. Intelligencer work is nine-tenths discontented ennui, and one-tenth abject terror. Rather like falling in love." So far, thought Sophronia, love has been more a series of crushing discomforts. Perhaps I'm going about it the wrong way?
Well, yes, it is a crushing discomfort when **SPOILERS AHEAD** Soap nearly dies. Good grief, way to up the ante, Gail Carriger. And also: "[B]ut sometimes men are different as wolves." "Not my Soap." Eeeeeeee and Awwwww and Ahhhhhhh.
Everything came together so neatly in the end that I was admiring and wondering how far in advance the author planned all of this, or if she just hit upon it as she was writing (which would maybe explain why she was yammering on forever about nothing interesting). The ending was also so unexpected for me and wrapped up so quickly that I immediately wanted to read the next one, then screamed a little that the next one is also the last one!
All in all, I thought the book was loads better than the second in its plot (though not necessarily with its pacing), so I'm once again happy with the series....more
Hmm, where to start with this...Well let me first warn you that there are some serious torture scenes going on in this book. Oh, does that make you noHmm, where to start with this...Well let me first warn you that there are some serious torture scenes going on in this book. Oh, does that make you not want to read it? Well, congrats, you got the warning that I wish I had gotten.
This book was very suspenseful and dark. I liked reading about the two sisters and getting their different perspectives, and I did want to know whodunit, what happened, ahhh, and it was certainly...different and unexpected, but again, too dark for me. I've seen that some other people loooove Karin Slaughter but didn't love this book, so I'll give her another chance (this is the first time I've read anything by her), but I'm not in any rush to do it. Especially when this is the writing sometimes:
"The Mothers stamped their feet on the bleachers, trying to build excitement for a game that would unfold with the same painful drama as a mime's funeral."
There were a few times that I stopped and highlighted, scratching my head in bewilderment at Slaugher's writing style. Though I will admit that I thought she got better as the book went along (brainwashing? Or just needed better editing at the beginning?). When we hear the dad's voice? I felt like, Is this even the same author?!
I feel like I don't read a lot of psychological thrillers because I kept mixing up this one with Black Eyed Susans which was definitely creepy, but didn't cross into too graphic territory for me. So if you don't want to read this because of my review, maybe check out Black Eyed Susans instead? Or a different Karin Slaughter?...more