This is one of those books where the plot is super hard to explain. I mean, I've rewritten the "In a sentence or so" thing like 50 times and it still...moreThis is one of those books where the plot is super hard to explain. I mean, I've rewritten the "In a sentence or so" thing like 50 times and it still doesn't feel right. Which is a huge compliment to this book because the emotional depth, complexity and richness is so deep and exhausting that I really can't summarize it very well. SO THERE.
Anyway, Trish has this crazy intensity with her writing that doesn't ever feel hokey or silly. The emotions are real. The frustrations that Callie experiences (and that we have with Callie) are real. Her life is hard. There is also hope for her future and support from her family.
If you're looking for a contemporary read that has an incredible balance of intense emotions, serious family issues, sexy romance and character growth - this book is for you!
Anderson weaves so many elements into this story that fit together absolutely perfectly.
The dynamics of Tiger Lily's village. Her reputation in the v...moreAnderson weaves so many elements into this story that fit together absolutely perfectly.
The dynamics of Tiger Lily's village. Her reputation in the village and her relationship with Tik Tok was so well developed and authentic. Even her relationships with the other villagers were incredibly detailed and three dimensional.
The quiet tone of the book lends itself to contemplation and that is exactly what I did. I didn't rush (although I did read it in two days), I savored. I pondered. I reflected on why Hook aged but Peter didn't. There's so much food for thought and social commentary and just LIFE packed into this little book. So very much.
I loved the idea of a reverse dystopian. Sky and River have been doing the survival thing already, so fate bringing them BACK to civilization was abso...moreI loved the idea of a reverse dystopian. Sky and River have been doing the survival thing already, so fate bringing them BACK to civilization was absolutely fascinating to read about. They didn't know how to use the bathroom, or ride in a car, or what anything beyond berries, leaves and rabbits tasted like.
Cantor did a fantastic job with Sky's re-entry into civilization. Sky desperately wants her life to be the way it was. Everything in California is overwhelming and confusing for her. While I will never know that struggle, it definitely helped me relate to Sky and to root for her. I was crazy intrigued by the reason they went to Island and couldn't get enough of that slow reveal. So good.
I've never read anything like SEARCHING FOR SKY before and I'm so glad that has changed! I really enjoyed the book (save for that ending stuff I mention in a moment) and will definitely be recommending this one out.
know most of you will be sold by the blurb comparing Jackaby to Doctor Who meets Sherlock. And I know that I love most of you because it is SPOT ON.
J...moreknow most of you will be sold by the blurb comparing Jackaby to Doctor Who meets Sherlock. And I know that I love most of you because it is SPOT ON.
Jackaby is eccentric but caring, brilliant yet lacking most social graces, and quite wrapped up in his own brain most of the time. He mostly reminds me of Ten (hello bursting of the ovaries) with a dash of Eleven thrown in and a big ol' spoonful of Sherlock. If this book ever gets made into a movie, I have no doubt that he will be the cause for many, many swoons.
In the book, however, he is not our romantic lead and romance isn't really on his mind either. Abigail is hired to help him keep the details of the case organized while he does his thing. Lucky for him, and for us, Abigail is organized, witty, and absurdly understanding with his eccentricities. She is the one that narrates this tale for us and does a bang up job, really.
JACKABY feels a bit Middle Grade at times in the best way possible. Instead of stereotypical YA angst and brooding, it's refreshingly funny and quick-witted. You love Abigail and Jackaby (and the extended cast of characters which I will not spoil for you) because they feel so legit.
I can't sing this book's praises loud enough. BUT I WILL DO MY VERY BEST.