I just met Hattie earlier this year, thanks to Hattie Big Sky, so I had a shorter wait than most. A seventeen year old girl staking out a homestead cl...moreI just met Hattie earlier this year, thanks to Hattie Big Sky, so I had a shorter wait than most. A seventeen year old girl staking out a homestead claim of her own in the middle of nowhere in Montana is pretty hard to top. In Hattie Ever After we have more of the same intelligent, capable Hattie. Hattie is never snarky or cynical, always optimistic and never prissy, which is why I think so many people were interested in what a sequel.
Now in San Francisco, Hattie is determined to be a newspaper reporter (how quaint!) even if it requires working as a wardrobe manager and janitor to do so. She is also cluelessly juggling a love triangle and making all sorts of interesting new friends. Not many surprises here and when we leave her at the end of Hattie Ever After, it was just as I guessed it would end.
Also, this is an interesting book that could be children's or young adult. Libraries seem to have both Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After in both locations. In fact, I read the first book to find out if a story about a seventeen year old really did belong in the children's section. The answer is yes. There wasn't one inappropriate thing I could find in either book. And yet these books are never overly saccharine. Just charming, wholesome historical fiction.(less)
Code Name Verity is not an easy read. From the get-go Wein makes her readers work hard. You will have to hit the ground running. Her writing is chock...moreCode Name Verity is not an easy read. From the get-go Wein makes her readers work hard. You will have to hit the ground running. Her writing is chock full of information that you really should pay attention to because, well this is a book about espionage afterall. Hints and clues are dropped like crazy but if you're like me, you're probably just trying to keep up with the here and now in this book.
The basic synopsis is that Queenie and Maddie, two British girls brought together by World War II, are the best of friends in the worst of circumstances. Maddie is a pilot and Queenie is a spy and as the fates have it, Maddie is the pilot who manages to crash land the plane delivering Queenie to a top secret mission in Germany. To say much more would ruin the story and the ridiculously good pay out you get for your effort.
The author repeats certain phrases throughout the book in a way that might evoke Billy Pilgrim. When I started reading I had no clue what "Kiss me Hardy! Kiss me quick!" meant but that phrase made me bawl like a little baby by the end of Code Name Verity, which pretty much sums up my experience of going from clueless to heartbroken while reading this book.(less)
I like flappers. I like Jazz Age slang. I like spunky female protaganists in historical settings. I like supernatural elements. I like murder mysterie...moreI like flappers. I like Jazz Age slang. I like spunky female protaganists in historical settings. I like supernatural elements. I like murder mysteries. The Diviners? Perfect combination of all of the above.(less)
I wanted to throw this book across the room several times, just to get away from the precociousness of it all. John Green, you're good but and it seem...moreI wanted to throw this book across the room several times, just to get away from the precociousness of it all. John Green, you're good but and it seems like you think you're so good, which makes it all the more irritating. It was just too....too twee, too precocious, too much. Tone it down. I would totally enjoy a toned down version of Hazel and Augustus. Good but not great, not near perfect. (less)
Rebecca is sent to live in New Orleans for a year while her father works abroad. She finds herself living in her quirky, tarot-card reading aunt's sha...moreRebecca is sent to live in New Orleans for a year while her father works abroad. She finds herself living in her quirky, tarot-card reading aunt's shabby little house in the grand Garden District. Enrolled in a private school which the daughter's of New Orleans oldest and wealthiest families rule, Rebecca finds herself feeling a bit of place. One night she sneaks into the cemetary to spy on the in-crowd, finds herself in a sticky situation, and is helped out by a young girl named Lisette.
No shocker, but Lisette is a ghost - and not a very frightening one. Together Rachel and Lisette (with a little help from the brooding Anton Grey) unravel the truth behind Lisette's death and Rachel's real background. Readers looking for a good scare will not find it here. Ruined is only slightly supernatural, more a story about New Orleans, based on the city's history and set during post-Katrina circumstances, and about family secrets and betrayal.
Overall enjoyable - the suspense builds slowly and I figured the whole shebang out before the characters in the novel did, but it was still a good entertainment during a plane trip into Louis Armstrong International Airport. Give this to a teenage girl who likes ghosts, history, romance, quirky aunts and brooding love interests and she'll love it.(less)
I sure was excited when I got my hands on a copy of this book. Ever since I read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles as a pre-teen, I've been a fan of Pat...moreI sure was excited when I got my hands on a copy of this book. Ever since I read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles as a pre-teen, I've been a fan of Patricia Wrede. I've enjoyed Wrede's retelling of fairy tales and the Sorcery and Cecelia series. The pretense of The Thirteenth Child sounded very interesting to me - an alternate history of the American frontier with magicians and twin siblings - but as has been noted here and in the blogosphere, Wrede chose to leave Native Americans out of her story. No mention at all. This is despite the fact that other elements are true to, or at least recognizable in, American history, with mentions of Jefferson and Franklin and the Mammoth (Missouri)River. I'm not sure why this is but the ending is wide open and perhaps Wrede will explain in a sequel. I hope Wrede will address the issue because otherwise I found the book enjoyable, much like a magical version of Little House on the Prarie. Except with spells to do all that backbreaking work.(less)