So, I'd really been enjoying the Cormoran Strike series, because it lacked just enough of my pet peeves that many of Rowling's other books had to makeSo, I'd really been enjoying the Cormoran Strike series, because it lacked just enough of my pet peeves that many of Rowling's other books had to make it enjoyable. That is not true of this third installment.
Rowling's long, winded, sentences, that had been well maintained in the first two books, are back in full force. Seriously, does everything need to be compound sentences jam packed with details, movement, and information? Can't a single thought stand on its own sometimes? It makes the book feel long, and drawn out, and I can never tell which bit of information I'm supposed to be picking up on subconsciously because I"m too busy trying not to tune out the whole damn thing.
But I could have forgiven the style, had it not been for one thing. (view spoiler)[The dynamic change of Robin and Strike's relationship. I really enjoyed that their relationship was purely platonic. That they had romantic interests outside of their job, and that that caused a separate set of problems. Yet, that seems to have made the inevitable shift away form that. And, I just couldn't handle it. I really don't think Robin and Strike make a great romantic interest. And while maybe the story doesn't end up that way, it's certainly headed that way. (hide spoiler)] And because of that, I'm going to be finished with this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Now considered a YA classic and staple, left me a little disappointed.
So, Crank starts off strong. The poetry is really good. The story an interestingNow considered a YA classic and staple, left me a little disappointed.
So, Crank starts off strong. The poetry is really good. The story an interesting spiral into addiction. Then it kinda gets preachy. And the poetry itself slips, and it ends rather lackluster. (view spoiler)[Bree/Kristina makes a point to noting that she should have just had sex on her period, foreshadowing the ultimate conclusion. So, really early on, I know how this book is going to end. And when we finally got to the pregnancy, there didn't seem to be enough debate for her about what to do with it. (hide spoiler)]
I don't know. There's something that keeps this book from ringing true. Maybe it's the fact the writer isn't the addict, but the observer of one. And that she's writing this as a warning. However, it just doesn't go far enough for me. I never felt that Bree/Kristina hits rock bottom. That she loses everything like most addicts do. (Not that she doesn't do terrible things, or that terrible things happen. I just feel like there was more to the story arc.)
While I'm glad I read it, I don't quite get why it's a new YA classic. I guess time will tell.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I do love this series, but I wish I knew why it took me so long to get through this book.
I think Sophia and Gideon are great characters to wrap this uI do love this series, but I wish I knew why it took me so long to get through this book.
I think Sophia and Gideon are great characters to wrap this up with. This series ultimately does a wonderful job of intricately weaving together 6 lives and 6 stories around the discovery of another life form. The world of this universe is interesting and full and rich. The Collective is intriguing and I do love me a good alien story.
Overall, this is a surprisingly good series based on what seems like a cheesy teen romance premise....more
One part philosophy, one part cleaning tips, very Japanese, I can see why this book is so popular, but it ultimately didn't speak to me.
I know straighOne part philosophy, one part cleaning tips, very Japanese, I can see why this book is so popular, but it ultimately didn't speak to me.
I know straight away that part of my disinterest in this book is that Kondo's life philosophies and beliefs on home and items are not in line with mine. We do not mesh on that level. And since a large part of this book is Kondo pontificating on her philosophy for tidying, I found most of the book useless. There are certain points to her philosophy I agree with though, such as having one's own space, and I was particularly interested in her folding techniques.
I will say, that upon completion, I did immediately think of one person I would like to read this. So while I'm not the target audience for this book, I certainly see its appeal....more
Shannon's review: Spoiler alert - I saw the ending coming from the first chapter (thing). (This is much funnier if you read the book.)
Okay, I picked uShannon's review: Spoiler alert - I saw the ending coming from the first chapter (thing). (This is much funnier if you read the book.)
Okay, I picked up Everything Everything because it constantly popped up on the best YA of 2015. So, I will say that while I didn't have high expectations, per say, I did have some expectations. Because of it's glowing reviews, I expected more. If I had found this book on its own, I probably would have just been okay with it. However, the premise is not my ideal book, so it would take a review to get me to pick it up.
This book is beautifully written. And Madeline's voice is interesting and complex. However, the plot is exactly what you think it will be. (view spoiler)[Oh, you almost had me believing maybe I was wrong with the near death experience in Hawaii, but then you went back to your predictable trajectory. Because honestly, I think if she did have SCID, this would have been a more interesting book. (hide spoiler)] And perhaps it's the predictable nature that really kept me from giving more credit to the book.
However, it ultimately becomes just another teen love story. Read it if your interested, but I didn't find it lived up to the hype.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Why did I not expect brilliance when the minds behind the amazing Stormdancer and These Broken Stars? Two totally amazing yet different series? BecausWhy did I not expect brilliance when the minds behind the amazing Stormdancer and These Broken Stars? Two totally amazing yet different series? Because brilliance is what I received.
I listened to this as an audiobook, which was superb. It was a great translation of the various strange textual design of the book, mixed with something that was basically a full radio drama (sound effects and all). I think that the audiobook version may actually be the way to go with this.
This story also kept me on my toes. There are so many twists and turns. Unexpected surprises. Unexpected outcomes. I was so unprepared, and now all I want is more. I can't wait to see what's next in this series. It honestly reminds me a bit of the Expanse TV show, except better.
It seems that sci-fi is on an up and coming revival, and this one is certainly at a prime example. Great, great read....more
Promising concept that wasn't executed to its full extent.
The underlying story of The Boy Meets Eats Girl Massacre (Annotated) is solid. A complete baPromising concept that wasn't executed to its full extent.
The underlying story of The Boy Meets Eats Girl Massacre (Annotated) is solid. A complete batsh*t unreliable narrator detailing the events leading up to the most recent massacre at a haunted hotel is really cool, even if it's a bit Stephen King.
However, the biggest drawback is the execution. Noelle's dairy is interesting on its own, without the annotations. In fact, the annotations are so sporadic and infrequent that they don't even add anything to the story. And to format the book in order to accommodate the fictional annotations, it actually looks really funky. I wanted more. More footnotes from the investigation, more personal notes from the producer looking to turn this tragedy into a movie franchise. And it's ultimately these clever features that make this book less promising than what it is.
It also could have used an official police report of the massacre. It's alluded to, but the details are often hazy. Something more in-depth would have been a nicer resolution.
In the end, I'm happy I read it, but it's not making any top horror lists anytime soon....more
My 1st pick of 2016! And a timely pick too right after reading an interesting article about Impostor Syndrome.
Willowdean is a fully figured and fullyMy 1st pick of 2016! And a timely pick too right after reading an interesting article about Impostor Syndrome.
Willowdean is a fully figured and fully formed character that reflects something in all of us. At some point, fat or thin, pretty or ugly, strong or timid, she goes through something anyone can relate to. A lot of it having to do with seeming confident, but not feeling good enough or worthy enough. She deals with body issues, parent issues, wealth issues, boy issues, expectations and confidence, Dolly Patron, death, LGBT issues... I mean, what doesn't this book have?
(view spoiler)[BTW, there is NOTHING that makes me happier than a bunch of misfits getting beauty queen pageantry help from Drag Queens. Like, seriously, it's the best. (hide spoiler)]
Even with all the "issues," this book doesn't come across as preachy. It comes across as something to relate to, and does something remarkable, makes you feel not alone. Dumplin is so full of character that you feel like she's a real person, and that if she feels this way, than it's okay for the reader to feel that way too.
Dumplin' isn't a perfect book. It's slowly paced, and the romance with Bo was so boring (IMO). And Murphy's style isn't as refined as say John Green's. However, beyond this books few flaws is a fun, and meaningful story about self discovering and acceptance. I loved it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So, this is such a relief to read after reading a super traditional pregnancy book. This book doesn't deal in absolutes and covers what the majority oSo, this is such a relief to read after reading a super traditional pregnancy book. This book doesn't deal in absolutes and covers what the majority of mothers need to consider in pregnancy by looking in depth as the standard advice and practices in American pregnancies.
On Oster herself. So, one of the heavy criticisms of this book is that Oster is not a medical doctor. And I'm fine with that. She isn't treating patients. What she is doing is using her academic access and training to access and review tons of studies. I know first hand that reviewing studies is important work, and not necessarily something you have to be an expert in that particular field to understand the findings. But understanding how the study is conducted and variables isn't something a layman not used to academic research is going to have an easy time understanding. So on that behalf, I'm very grateful for this book, and Oster for having the know how to pour through research I can't.
The ultimate downside is this book is biased. It's biased generally in ways I agree. Oster has her own opinions, and she's trying to promote an alternative view to handling pregnancy. (Which seriously, for a woman who doesn't believe that being a mother is the end all be all of existence is relieving.) But she doesn't fault any woman who does take the "rules" of pregnancy as law; she just offers insight to women who reason that "laws" of medicine are often really just more good suggestions.
However, this book is really a supplemental pregnancy book. It's not a step by step, or week by week scientific guide. It's a digest of common information that has conflicting opinions. And I think it's a great read for any woman who wants to better understand why she's being told something....more
Before any freaks out when they see this - no, I'm not pregnant. (I'm really behind on my yearly book goal and I needed to add this for padding.) I reBefore any freaks out when they see this - no, I'm not pregnant. (I'm really behind on my yearly book goal and I needed to add this for padding.) I read it for a friend. And it firmly convinced me that pregnant women should not read pregnancy books because they are filled with terrifying things that happen to like .00001% of people, but pregnant brain will just make them super paranoid.
This is a very medical book, full of terrifying things and over technical terms. Additionally, it's very subtly Christian, pro-life-y, inhospitable to career women, and generally condescending who doesn't buy into the whole "motherhood is the most important thing in life" dogma....more
So, I'll be quick. While I didn't quite enjoy this as much as it's predecessor, I'm really digging this series. I love that each one is a stand aloneSo, I'll be quick. While I didn't quite enjoy this as much as it's predecessor, I'm really digging this series. I love that each one is a stand alone story that's building on a bigger plot - one that involves on of my favorite sci-fi elemnts. Also, this is a really cool future. My biggest complaint is that I didn't really care for Jubliee. I dunno. She's not my type of girl, though she is a good contrast to Lilac from book one. I'm excited to get to the conclusion though!...more