I am going to be honest I did not like this book, and it took me forever to read because I didn’t care about the characters at all. I am not even goinI am going to be honest I did not like this book, and it took me forever to read because I didn’t care about the characters at all. I am not even going to give a description because honestly if you read one teen girl fantasy with an unnecessary love triangle you have read this book. Nothing stood out, it was slow starting, and then the action was rushed. Sera’s love triangle with Dev and Kyle was boring. I didn’t know why she was attracted to either one of them. Also I am not that familiar with Indian Mythology but I felt there was something wrong with her use of it. It felt like she read maybe two stories involving Indian Mythology and was like yup I have enough to write a story. She needs to rewrite this book big time. The concept was really interesting but she did not execute it well. ...more
This book is a Steampunk version of Camelot with a spunky noble born mechanic leading lady. At first I was all excited for Steampunk Camelot but it reThis book is a Steampunk version of Camelot with a spunky noble born mechanic leading lady. At first I was all excited for Steampunk Camelot but it really doesn’t work. I found myself skipping parts just to get through the book. It mixed the steampunk with magic with alchemy and the combination of these 3 things just made the story muddled and confusing. Anyone with magic was defined as someone who was a magic addict that was just stealing the magic, but they never really explained how they stole this magic. It was just a big mess.
On top of everything Arthur was an idiot. He was so unlikable, and didn’t listen to anyone. Just sort of did his own thing. I’m reading it trying to figure out why anyone would follow this guy. How did this big mush of a man become king? Arthur always has his faults in every retelling of the story, but he has to be a believable leader. This guy put his whole kingdom in jeopardy because he wanted to believe Morgan really loved him. She has been trying to take your kingdom for years and has left nothing but destruction in her wake! She is bad kill her! But he won’t listen to anyone, and even leaves Camelot for a while when he should stay and defend the city.
I did like Vivian our heroin. She is intelligent and wise, and knows her way around the steampunk machines. I even liked her forbidden romance with the squire Marcus, but I couldn’t understand why the Knights had to be celibate. Why couldn’t knights in Camelot get married? There was no good explanation for this. I think the author just put this in there to bring some drama to the relationship, even though it wasn’t needed. There was enough drama in this story without adding this bit.
I think the author had good intentions with this book, but for me its two thumbs down. I only gave it two stars instead of one because I do like the main character, but that’s it. ...more
Becca Williamson breaks up couples to earn extra money after school. Not a normal job for a high schooler, but she is good at it. It also helps that BBecca Williamson breaks up couples to earn extra money after school. Not a normal job for a high schooler, but she is good at it. It also helps that Becca is jaded when it comes to love. Her best friend in Jr. High, Huxley, left her for a boy, and her older sister was left at the altar. So Becca’s heart is like stone when it comes love, and that makes her job a piece of cake, or it did until a mysterious man wants her to break-up the schools golden couple Huxley and Steve. Huxley was her former best friend, and the fact that those two have been together since Jr. High is going to make Becca’s job a lot harder. If that wasn’t enough to deal with her new best friend Val is dating a boy Becca is starting to fall for, and Becca is realizing she is not so immune to love as she thought.
I really liked this book, and give it many thumbs up! It was cute, fun, fast paced, and had a great story. Everything I would want out of a teen contemporary fluff novel. Becca is a great character that does grow with the novel, and learns from her mistakes. The author also dives into her nemesis Huxley’s head as well. You really get to see this queen bee isn’t perfect, and is not the terrible person Becca thinks she is. Philip Siegel actually did a pretty good job capturing a teen girl’s perspective. Something I don’t think many male writer can do. With that said I only have about two gripes with this novel.
First off is Val, Becca’s new best friend. This girl manly wants her boyfriend, Ezra, because she wants a boyfriend. Not because she likes him or they have anything in common. She completely changes for him, and would change for any boy as long as they wanted to be her boyfriend. Now in Val’s defense she does learn, but man is she annoying before she does. Most of the girls in this book are like Val, mainly because the town they live in has an overabundance of teen girls and not enough boys to go around (Nuf said). The second thing is Becca’s feeling for Ezra. I can’t see such a level headed girl, who is jaded about romance, falling for her best friends’ boyfriend. She just wouldn’t. This relationship was very forced in my opinion, and was just there for the drama effect. Ezra isn’t even that smooth of a guy. He feeds Becca the same lines he tells Val and Becca doesn’t even see it. Not to mention all Ezra has going for him is he is a movie buff and he’s cute. That’s it.
If there is a book 2 I will defiantly read it though, and I hope there is more of one particular character and his gang. Fred and his comic book friends were delightful. It was hinted he might have a thing with Becca at the end of the book and I hope it’s true. They weren’t in the book much, but I wanted more of their amusing comic book banter. Plus Fred and Becca would be great together. She could teach him about investigating, and he could teach her about the X-Men. ...more
This was just really terrible. Would have been better if there was just zombies outside the walls instead of the over complicated explanation the authThis was just really terrible. Would have been better if there was just zombies outside the walls instead of the over complicated explanation the author gave. I didn't even know who the bad guys were both inside and outside the city. Poorly done, and I am not even talking about what she did to Tris at the end. Everything was just simply bad....more
Even though I loved the first book this one fell short for me. I think the biggest problem for me was the fact that I wanted to smack Alyssa through tEven though I loved the first book this one fell short for me. I think the biggest problem for me was the fact that I wanted to smack Alyssa through the whole book. She is desperately hanging on to this idea of a normal life with her family and her mortal boyfriend Jeb, but she isn’t normal and she can’t have that life. When Morpheus comes to bring her back to Wonderland so she can finally fight the Evil Queen Red she refuses to go, and because she refuses to go terrible things happen to her and the ones she loves as a result of her not simply going back to Wonderland! That was the whole book it a nut shell. Morpheus saying “Hey hey you really need to come back with me because shit is getting real” and Alyssa being all like “Nah I want to be normal”, then a terrible thing happens to make everyone around her think she is crazy, and repeat. Come on really! Is this character that stupid? She knows she is not normal, and she knows she has this feral Wonderland side to her. Go back for heaven’s sake! Then she finally battles Red at her prom. Really their epic battle is at the prom! Oh and because the battle is at the prom her mom and mortal boyfriend go missing and she ends up in the loony bin. All this wouldn’t have happened if she went back to Wonderland at the beginning and wasn’t so selfish. I am a sucker though so I will be reading the last book in hope the author fixes the mess of this book. ...more
Awesome cultural fiction book for teens. I work in a town that has a huge Indian population and a growing Jewish population. When I saw this book on nAwesome cultural fiction book for teens. I work in a town that has a huge Indian population and a growing Jewish population. When I saw this book on netgally I knew I had to read it. Tara is a strong willed half Indian and half Jewish girl from New York. She doesn't like being told what to do and she really does not like change. As she approaches her 13 birthday and her Bat Mitzvah she starts to learn what it really means to be both Indian and Jewish. She also starts to grow up and realizes things can't stay the same forever. Tara is a delightful character that is very realistic and is someone girls coming from two cultures can identify with. Two thumbs UP! ...more
Absolutely 5 stars for this book! Princess Petunia is on a journey to meet an elderly friend when she is accidentally kidnapped by a very handsome robAbsolutely 5 stars for this book! Princess Petunia is on a journey to meet an elderly friend when she is accidentally kidnapped by a very handsome robber who is really just a down and out Duke. He helps her to her friends manor, but when she reaches there strange and terrible things begin to happen to poor Petunia. Can Oliver the handsome robber save her or does she need to save him? Jessica Day George is an amazing writer. The stories of Little Red Ridding Hood and Robbin Hood blend so well together, and the world she created is so rich. Petunia is a wonderful princess and down to earth person that I really cannot think of a better heroine then her. Oliver is great too, and I feel his character changes so much as the story progresses. I also want to point out that this novel is not not only great for teens but tweens as well. I am a Youth Librarian and it is so hard to find appropriate books for kids sometimes. I think some authors forget that these types of books are not for adults and put way too much sex in their stories, but Miss. George does a wonderful job of making and interesting and gripping tale without it being too much for younger teens and tweens to handle. I give her a big bravo! ...more
Splintered by A.G. Howard was a pretty good Teen book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Alyssa is a descendant from Alice Liddell who was the inspiration fSplintered by A.G. Howard was a pretty good Teen book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Alyssa is a descendant from Alice Liddell who was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately when Alice came back from Wonderland she brought back a curse with her that would plague all her female successors and drive them all mad! It’s up to Alyssa to go back to Wonderland and right all the wrongs Alice did and break the family curse to save her mother from a lifetime in the loony bin. I loved the character Alyssa, and the re-imagining of all the Wonderland characters. I thought she was a strong female protagonist that grew as the book progressed. I really loved the Wonderland the author portrayed in this novel and the big twist at the end. It had a much darker feel then the original novel that made it its own book. Even if you have never read the original works or seen any of the movies you could read this novel on its own. The novel also has lot of love triangle romance. Truthfully I am getting a little sick of love triangles in teen books. Lets face it they have been done to death, but I didn’t mind it that much in this book. I think manly because Alyssa never really gave into Morpheus. (Spoiler) She did kiss him once, but Jeb and his feelings were always on her mind. Plus Jeb got a lot better as the book went on. He went from treating her like a baby (and being a bit too controlling) to realizing she is a lot more strong and confident then he gave her credit for.
Now what I didn’t like about it was the over the top sexual suggestions in the book. I don’t know how many times they mentioned that Alyssa was a virgin, but it was really getting to me. I felt like the author wanted to push this sexual awakening theme too much. I felt that all Morpheus wanted to do was pop her cherry. It was just too much for a teen book. I wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 14 or 15 read this book because of this. I also hated the names of her friends. Jenara and Jeb are awful names for young people. I don’t know anyone that would name their kid Jeb, and Jenara isn’t even a name. Just name her Jenifer for heaven sake. Didn’t ruin the book for me just confused why she chose such awful names. ...more