I don't think I could adequately call myself a book blogger if I did not read or at least WANT toOriginally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
I don't think I could adequately call myself a book blogger if I did not read or at least WANT to read this book. It exploded the blogosphere last year and it was one of the most raved/talked about books of 2011. I was nervous to start to reading it because of all the hype. I hate hate hate being disappointed with books, especially ones that I have been looking forward to reading. Hype is great for books, but sometimes it leaves readers with too high expectations. However, I have to say that this novel deserved every bit of hype it received.
The Good: I'm trying to compose myself long enough to write a coherent review, but it's kind of difficult when I have a million things running through my head and several pieces of paper with chicken scratch notes about the novel. The one thing that I realized while reading is that it's impossible for me to describe to people what it's about. I've tried. I mean, essentially the book is about "angels" and "demons" but it seems that novel is so far removed from those two adjectives that it doesn't seem to do the book justice. It's SO much more than angels and demons. I've read plenty of angel/demon books and NONE of them have been like this book. It's not your typical biblical angels/demons thing. Taylor's world building is incredible in this novel. I mean, from Karou's blue hair and hamsas to Brimstone and his magical world to Akiva. It's honestly, so incredible to see how someone's mind created this entire world. I'm a huge fan of Karou's personality. I thought she was strong, badass and yet... maleable. She still has this innocence to her that makes her seem more multi-faceted than some other stock characters in YA lit these days. I, of course loved Akiva. I can just imagine him as sexy, brooding, mysterious angel. Yum. I also enjoyed Zuzanna, Karou's best friend. She was spunky and I like that. She had enough face time in the novel to make an impact and yet not enough to full form an entire opinion. I like that. Leaves me wanting more. I think the thing I loved most about this novel was the creativity and thought in the plot. I love this door to the other world idea and the whole teeth/resurrection idea. Lastly, the writing. Oh my god, the writing. It was superb. Laini Taylor is a master at the craft of writing. Her sentences were lovely without being overly poetic. I am a fan of the way she leaves some of her chapters off with that questionable last sentence. It sets up perfect tension for the next chapter. And of course the ending of the book totally left me wanting more and I can't wait for the second novel!
The Bad: I don't have to0 many negative things to say about this novel. I wasn't too fond of the fact that Akiva and Karou (even though they have a rich, romantic history together) seemed to fall in love so suddenly. It did seem very insta-love to me which usually turns me off in YA books. I didn't have AS much of an issue in this book as others, because there was that whole other life story line. That is just a minor thing though.
Overall, I really fell in love with this book. I find myself trying to figure out the correct way to describe it to someone and I can't. I just tell them they have to read it and find out for themselves. It's that good. I give it an A! ...more
Eeek. It's official. I will read anything Rainbow Rowell puts out. I loved this one - not as much as Landline, but it was still pretty damn amazing. IEeek. It's official. I will read anything Rainbow Rowell puts out. I loved this one - not as much as Landline, but it was still pretty damn amazing. If you haven't read any of Rowell's work - you need to get on it! Her books are worth every minute spent reading them. ...more
I know that I truly truly love a book when it comes time to write the review and my head is allOriginally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
I know that I truly truly love a book when it comes time to write the review and my head is all scrambly because there is just so much there I want to say and I can't get it written down fast enough or in a coherent way. So suffice it to say...I pretty much LOVED This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson. I am very cautious not to read any reviews of the books I receive to review because I want to be able to read the book without any external factors influencing what I think of it. After I finished reading this and checked out the GoodReads rating, I was completely shocked to see that people either absolutely hated it or loved it. But hopefully those negative reviews will not be enough to deter you from reading this book because really it is SO worth it.
The Good: Wow. There are so many good things to say about this novel. I loved that every chapter started with a famous quote that weaved itself nicely into the chapter. By the end of the chapter, you knew exactly why that quote was chosen and many of them happen to be my very favorite quotes. Very early on the main character, Evie says quite matter-of-factly to herself, "This girl is different," and she truly is. This is the YA adult novel that every teenager should read. Evie is type of girl that every young woman should aspire to be. She is insanely smart, well spoken, literate, interesting, witty, curvy, self-aware, confident, respectful yet rebellious. She is totally one of the coolest characters I've met. I want to be Evie Morningdew! I also thought the relationship between Evie and her mother, Martha was way awesome. Do many kids have a relationship like they do? No. Do most kids wish they did? Hell yeah. One of the BIGGEST reasons we read YA novels is to be reminded of both the things we can relate to AND the things that are abnormal. I love that this book mixes it up so nicely. The characters are in high school and the author does a great job of keeping the language, actions and culture of high schoolers in tact while maintaining the intelligence that many YA novelists seem to forget when writing about teenagers. I love that the author made it so cool to be different, to buck authority and to question everything. I think there are so many YA readers out there who view themselves as weird, misfits or outcasts and if they read this book they would see that embracing that part of yourself is SO MUCH BETTER than trying to hide it. The romance between the main characters was so real and palpable. I can remember feeling the exact same way about my first love that Evie does. I thought Rajas was a well rounded and pretty "real" male character. I would have dated him if I was in high school. I bounced back and forth with Evie's friend Jacinda. She definitely was the quintessential "High School Teenager" in this novel. What most people would view as a "normal" teenager. I liked her, but compared to Evie's sharp tongue and intelligence she just kind of seemed like she was jealous Evie was so cool. The book also highlights some of the scary things that happen in high school like teachers crossing boundaries...whether its verbal abuse, sexual harassment or intimidation. I read this book in one sitting because I absolutely could not get enough.
Bad: I really don't have anything bad to say about this novel. Again I'm shocked that it didn't receive as many great reviews because I loved it.
I don't even need to say it, but I'm giving this novel a A+. I would recommend this to any YA reader...especially those who are actually teenagers and want to feel like you can actually relate to the characters.
**I received this book free from the publisher through www.netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own....more
I have been a fan of Chelsea Handler for a long time and I can't believe I didn't pick up any oOriginally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
I have been a fan of Chelsea Handler for a long time and I can't believe I didn't pick up any of her books until now. I actually started reading this on my iPod at the gym when I was bored of the treadmill and decided to get on the eliptical, but I needed some major distraction. This did the trick. This. Book. Is. Ridiculously. Funny. AHHH!
The Good: The one thing about Chelsea Handler is that she expects nothing and you know when you start this book that it's not going to be some great literary adventure and you're not going to walk away with any deep philosophical thoughts. This book's author prepares you for exactly what you're going to get... a crazy, sexilicious book of romps that is hilarious. I didn't expect anything more from this book and I found that I actually enjoyed reading a book that was for pure entertainment and laughter than anything else.
The Bad: Nothing bad about this book! The only thing I can say is that I wonder how much of it is actually true....
Overall, a GREAT, FUNNY read that you won't regret diving into. A!!!...more
I'm SO proud to be a contributing author to this book! It's seriously a WONDERFUL compilation of authors at every stage in their career talking aboutI'm SO proud to be a contributing author to this book! It's seriously a WONDERFUL compilation of authors at every stage in their career talking about how they began writing, keep writing and giving their best advice. What's better is that it's FREE!!!
Thank you to Carrie Butler and P.K. Hrezo for the amazing work they did to get this put together. It's a great source of inspiration and motivation for writers and I LOVE that they wanted to give back to other authors with this. ...more