I'm not sure how I felt about this book. It was pretty easy for me to read, which was good. And I did enjoy the writing. But I also felt that the book...moreI'm not sure how I felt about this book. It was pretty easy for me to read, which was good. And I did enjoy the writing. But I also felt that the book was a bit dull. To me, there wasn't all that much happening. Which is why I'm rating this book with a three star. I did enjoy it, but I didn't love it, like I wanted to.
A Death-Struck Year is written from the point of view of Cleo. Whom I liked. She's pretty sweet. But I just, I didn't feel much for her. My issue with this book is that I felt like it could have been better. It was pretty good, yes, but some things were a bit boring for me. And I wished they had been better. Sigh.
This book takes place in America in 1918, with the Spanish Influenza. Which is a time I have enjoyed reading about, like In the Shadow of Blackbirds. And I did enjoy it in this book too. But everything is about the flu, with Cleo working on the sick people. Which was interesting enough, but ended up getting quite boring for me as nothing really happened. Okay, sure, lots of people die. Which was sad, but I didn't truly care that much.
We learn about Cleo's family; she lives with her older brother and his wife. Her parents died when she was six. Which was just all kinds of awful. But I also felt detached from that as well. Grrr. Which sucks, as that part could have been pretty amazing for me to read about, as I love heartbreak. But there just wasn't enough of it. Hmm. But I did like the book. Sort of. I did like the writing and the characters. And the story isn't all that bad. But not that great, either. Just a lot of the same. At least it was for me.
I'm not sure what to say in this review of mine. I had some issues with this book. There was just not enough happening for me. Sigh. But I did like reading about Cleo. For the most part. And I liked Kate and Hannah. But I didn't really feel enough for them, to be honest. Then there is Edmund, who is the love interest. There is so little romance in this book, that I'm not sure I liked it. I loved Edmund's back story, but even that there was way too little about. I want my heartbreak, and I want a lot of it :)
I don't think I will say much more about this book. It was interesting, as I enjoy reading about the time period. But yeah. It was also not the best, which makes me sad. There are a lot of deaths in this book. It made me sad, but I also couldn't bring myself to care too much about them all. I enjoyed reading about Cleo's brother, but there wasn't all that much about him either. Sigh. It may sound like I didn't enjoy this book all that much (A) But I didn't hate it, and that is good. I did like reading it, mostly.
Huge thank you to the publisher, HMH Books for Young Readers for accepting my review request via Netgalley. <3 Even though I did not love this book, I'm glad I read it. And I will be buying the hardcover. Sometime. When I have the money for it :) Anyway. I do think other people will enjoy this book. Because A Death-Struck Year is an interesting story with good writing and interesting characters :) I just didn't love it, which makes me sad. But I did enjoy it a little, which was good. So I am happy that I read it.(less)
Oh. This short story was pretty evil. Heartbreaking yet kind of sweet and the same time. But also kind of dark. I loved it. But wish it hadn't ended....moreOh. This short story was pretty evil. Heartbreaking yet kind of sweet and the same time. But also kind of dark. I loved it. But wish it hadn't ended. Sigh. I cannot wait to read more by Marissa; as she's an amazing writer and so far I have loved everything she has published. I know that will continue. <3
The Little Android is an amazing short story. It has a very interesting plot that I adored. It's based on The Little Mermaid, and while I haven't read the original book, I have seen details about it. And I would say that this is a good retelling of it. Though heartbreaking. And I enjoyed that very much.
This short story is told from the point of view of an Android. Who is kind of not working right. She's acting more human; feeling things. And oh, how I loved that. But it also seemed a bit lonely. We get to know a bunch of things about her and I loved getting to know her. But I do wish there had been more; like I always do. I'm not sure what to say about the plot in this, as I don't want to spoil everything. So just going to say that I really enjoyed it.
The Little Android is a well-written good short story. And I think you should all read it. I found it to be pretty amazing. I loved Mech6.0 feelings towards this guy. Even if it was heartbreaking. Sniffs. I loved getting to see some characters as well. That was pretty awesome. Mostly I just loved reading more from Marissa and her Lunar Chronicles world. This doesn't have that much to do with her other books, to be honest, but I loved it. <3 Though, hmm, I'm wondering if we'll see more of some of the characters :) Also wanted to say that I found the ending to be beautiful. It made me sad, but it was also so good.(less)
This was an evil short story. Because it made me remember all the heartbreaking details about The Winner's Curse. But even though it was heartbreaking...moreThis was an evil short story. Because it made me remember all the heartbreaking details about The Winner's Curse. But even though it was heartbreaking, it was also beautiful. I found Bridge of Snow to be a perfect short story. Well written, interesting and sweet. And full of feelings. I loved it.
Bridge of Snow is a short story set in the world of the upcoming book The Winner's Curse. It is about one of the main characters, Arin, when he was 8 years old. This story is told from the point of view of his mother. And it is beautiful. I loved getting to know a little bit more about Arin. And his family.
Arin's mother is telling him a story about a man and the God of snow. Which was kind of a really heartbreaking story. But also good. I kind of loved reading it. <3 Though I might have wished for a tiny bit more of child-Arin. Okay, want a whole book of Arin, hih. But I loved what was included in this story. Arin and his mother are adorable. I loved getting to know a little about his sister as well. Though that part made me even sadder.
Not saying anything more about this short story. Just that Bridge of Snow is an amazing story and I think you all need to read it. It broke my heart a little, though. But I'm so glad that I read it. It was so good. You should all read it before or after reading The Winner's Curse. Probably before. I cannot wait to re-read The Winner's Curse. <3 Will be doing so very soon, I hope. And I hope you will all be reading it when it comes out in March. Because it is such a gorgeous and heartbreaking and perfect book. <3(less)