Lemon's Thesis, the first in Gloria Weber's Unmasking series, is like reading a comic book in prose form. It has everything one loves about comics, miLemon's Thesis, the first in Gloria Weber's Unmasking series, is like reading a comic book in prose form. It has everything one loves about comics, minus the artwork. Strong characters, fun and at times heartbreaking plot, superpowers, and fabulous names. I also very much enjoyed the added onomatopoeia to give it that comic feel. Can't wait to read more stories in this universe! Lots of subplots and foreshadowing to be tackled in future additions....more
I related a lot to this book and to Carrie. The fact she is attracted to people based on their mind and how alone she feels in a sex-obsessed world whI related a lot to this book and to Carrie. The fact she is attracted to people based on their mind and how alone she feels in a sex-obsessed world where people only want to have sex and not actually KNOW a person... It was like reading myself. I also felt a kinship with her depression and anxiety. The overthinking and overanalysing were soooo me.
I enjoyed that this book wasn't so much focused on romance as it was about a girl struggling with belonging in a world where she felt she didn't. Again, I could very much relate even though she's 19 and I'm nearing 34.
However, a few things did bother me about the book.
Overweight people were ALWAYS described as such, but I don't recall anyone ever being described as thin. Why is that? Why are fat people defined by their size but no one else is? Reflection of our society, I get it, but it would be nice to not have read it here. Things like, "He was sitting next to a fat woman." Why was she described bodily but he wasn't? I'm guessing because he's thin and we're supposed to read "lazy, ugly, unwanted, etc" between the lines regarding the woman? Things like that crawl under my skin.
Carrie would always describe minorities by saying Asian, Hispanic, Italian, etc. For example, "I smiled at an Asian girl." But never was "Caucasian" pointed out so bluntly. White people got to have interesting descriptions with adjectives describing their appearance (hair colour, etc) and quirks and traits, but not minorities. It's annoying as hell. If you wouldn't say "the Caucasian girl" don't say "the Asian girl."
Also, Carrie was well-aware of the racist meaning behind the word "gyp," (she mused on it for an entire paragraph) and she still continued to use it throughout the book. I get it, she's 19; we all made mistakes at that age but it was frustrating to see nonetheless.
It's for these reasons that I dock a star from the rating....more
A novel taking place in Iron Age Ireland with modern words used for festivals, Druids being called "wizards," dragons, people wearing silk, gods' nameA novel taking place in Iron Age Ireland with modern words used for festivals, Druids being called "wizards," dragons, people wearing silk, gods' names misspelled and missing the required fadas, references to "Mother Goddess" and "The Goddess," neo-pagan concepts like 'water in the west,'...
I cannot respect authors of historical fiction who cannot be arsed to do research. This is a YA novel written merely to perpetuate romanticised (inaccurate) Neo-druidic beliefs about the Gaels....more
I want to start out this review by saying that I have not read Amanda’s original self-published version of Switched and so I cannot compare the two. II want to start out this review by saying that I have not read Amanda’s original self-published version of Switched and so I cannot compare the two. If you are reading this to see my thoughts regarding the previous version versus this one, I’m going to have to disappoint you. My review will talk solely about the professionally edited version soon to be released by St. Martin’s Press (as received through LibraryThing's Early Readers program).
The opening is amazing; it begins with a six year old Wendy being aggressed by her crazed mother who is wielding a butcher knife so I was more than hooked from the first paragraph.
I went into this book sort of expecting something a little on the Twilight side of things (i.e., girl is dependent on ‘strong’ male because her life revolves around him to the point of utter scariness) … but I was actually pleasantly surprised. I found Amanda’s world-building very intriguing, her characters are real and strong, and her writing is solid (even if I couldn’t quite buy trolls as human-like beings who simply have special elemental gifts - but that‘s more my sensibilities than Amanda‘s writing). Because of that, the slow mundane-ish bits of the story are still as propulsive as the conflict-driven ones.
For those who are fairly familiar with Western folklore, you will undoubtedly figure out the “monster” Wendy is supposed to be after only about a few chapters but that doesn’t make the reveal any less magical (and I'm not referring the troll bit mentioned above). As you can see, I’m staying away from getting into the plot because it’s best read for yourself. However, I will say that Switched reminded me a lot of a supernatural Princess Diaries. But I shan’t say more, only urge lovers of paranormal YA to pick this up! I owe a big thank you to this book for pulling me up out of my YA slump; I cannot wait to read more!