It was....okay. Not as wonderful as I had been hearing. The concept of course was right up my alley, but with opening that gave too much of the story...moreIt was....okay. Not as wonderful as I had been hearing. The concept of course was right up my alley, but with opening that gave too much of the story away before we even met the main character....I felt annoyed. Poor Kate is lied by everyone who claims to care about her, throughout this whole book, and she's not angry at all because she's just perfect? Or maybe not that bright? I haven't decided, but it bugged me. Also, really big plot point//spoiler here....who sells themselves to a random stranger so their mom can live a few weeks longer?? If I am going to marry some random, but hot guy, my mom better live longer than a Few weeks or months, I want years man, in writing, no loop holes. What the heck? I know she wanted time to say goodbye....but really? I really wanted to like you book, Henry had promise even Kate did but it was all very...not right. (less)
Right so maybe I am the odd ball here, but I liked this much more than, "Before I Fall" (please don't shoot me.) "Before I fall had a great concept th...moreRight so maybe I am the odd ball here, but I liked this much more than, "Before I Fall" (please don't shoot me.) "Before I fall had a great concept that I loved, but I am not a realistic fiction type of girl...and okay, so reliving a day over and over a la Groundhogs day isn't really realistic, the modern realistic teen girl setting is what I didn't relate to. "Delirium" takes an very cool concept hook and goes a step further into full blown dystopia. Wheeee! Yeah this is the new trend, I don't care, I've been a "OOOH LETS READ ABOUT THE SCARRRRYY FUTURE THAT ACTUALLY COULD HAPPEN WHICH MAKES IT SCARIER, OOOOH" reader since "Brave New World" and "Fahrenheit 451" were my high school reads back in the day. I like this trend, this trend can stay around replace the fluffy paranormals, please and thank you.
I am having issues typing up an ACTUAL review because someone is blaring the TV (Jerry Springer is still on TV?) next to me. But I will say this read was comparable to "Matched." Both of them were interesting, imaginative and had some really interesting themes. I think "Matched" may have more "bite" or I did until the very end of "Delirum" from what Lena finds in the crypts on....until that point the book was mostly interesting, then it pulled out all the stops and became an adventure.
I say this one is a solid 3.5, interested in seeing what happens next. (less)
That was...different. Not in a bad way though, just different. Nice to see a male main character, nice to see things from the "monster's" point of vie...moreThat was...different. Not in a bad way though, just different. Nice to see a male main character, nice to see things from the "monster's" point of view. True, there are lots of paranormal YA books were the main character finds out they are actually not human, I love that Mackie knew this from the start but just tried to find a way to live his life.(less)
Picked this one up from the local library truthfully because of the title...lol I really like the poem ;) I also love folktale based stories, though I...morePicked this one up from the local library truthfully because of the title...lol I really like the poem ;) I also love folktale based stories, though Irish Mythology is not something I know too much about...it was a fun, adventure...a bit confusing read very quickly....a bit of a Iron King sort of vibe for anyone who loved a good traveling through magical lands inhabited by monsters looking for lost family members type of book. A solid YA fantasy. (less)
I love "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" as do my students (I work in two k-5 libraries) so when my ALA going friend offered to send me the ARC of Brian...moreI love "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" as do my students (I work in two k-5 libraries) so when my ALA going friend offered to send me the ARC of Brian Selznick's new work "Wonderstruck" I really was excited, and rightfully so, this book truly is a wonder!
It is similar to Hugo in that it is half yet and half graphic novel, but in this book the switching between graphics and text is very structured. Ben's story from 1977 was in text, while Rose's sections of the story are pictorial and set in 1927. Ben's story was engaging because it read as both an adventure and a mystery, I'm the type of person who would love to find herself living in a museum or a library.
You would think that Ben's story would be more detailed, that a reader would connect to him more as a character due to the opportunities text stories give for explanations, dialogue and character study, but following Rose's adventures in New York city was just as accessible. Selznick's detailed pictures are a visually treat to view, a wonder box itself, but it's the expressions of characters and the moments he choses to focus your attention on ( often done by showing a close up and expanding the view out to show more elements) that give you insight into Deaf Culture and the loneliness that comes from feeling like you don't have a place in the world.
I actually think my students will enjoy this as much Hugo, maybe even more because it is more accessible for them based on subject matter. Hugo looked flippin' cool, that's why they love it, not because they understand French cinema and automations.
This is a story that they can connect with more personally - filled with the excitement and wonder of a field trip to a world class museum and the heart and emotion of a Hallmark movie lol yeah I cried, I'm a sap like that ;)(less)
In reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was...moreIn reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was less gothic mystery and more adventure, and romance. Actually the gothic mystery element of book one is what hooked me in the first place. At times this book felt so different, as if it weren't even related. I think mostly because it was so Lia focused...Alice only appears a times...though she is as creepy as ever.
I thought this book was going to go into more of the sister/sister struggle but that is more for book three it seems. I had other thoughts about where this book would go.....mystery island and steamy makeout seasons with new boy was not that direction lol but let's talk about what this book was, not what it wasn't.
Lia growth as a character is pretty consistent. She was less freaked out about being on the wrong end of the prophecy and more intent on making sure she takes the steps needed to complete the task at hand...you know, saving the world and banishing the Beast. I liked that Lia doesn't really doubt herself, she doubts at times if she will succeed, but never does she doubt that she is the good one in all this....but after you meet Alice (who is still just a bit lovable in her evilness, I mean she SHOULD have more on her mind than jealousy for her sister and stirring up romantic entanglements, but it just seemed so regular sibling rivalry, something a teen sister would do if you pissed her off, that it makes Lia and Alice stay connected as sisters in your mind....not just hero and creepy bad seed) there really is no doubt that Lia is the good one.
Another way this book felt different was the romance...more hot and heavy, modern YA feel, and less old fashioned Victorian charm. I think this might be showing how Lia is coming into her own as a Woman, and a Sister (society) in book one she was a girl and a sister (to Alice). But I was rather found of love interest one, it took a bit of time for this new guy to make an impact. Lia seems at odds with her old life and her more wild new life and role, so the love interest really help show the difference, in what her character wants and how she has changed.
Mostly I think this book was about that, about Lia's growth, about her doubts, loyalties and fears. We do get a new "end the prophesy Prophesy" at the end of the book...and I have to hand it to Zink, she writes some darn mysterious prophesies...usually I am working them out before the characters but really I have no idea what any of this means lol
This book felt very different than "The Prophesy of The Sisters" but not in a bad way, (less)
So usually not big big big realistic fiction YA reader or teen romance books...but everyone I have heard talk about this book GUSHES about it....and J...moreSo usually not big big big realistic fiction YA reader or teen romance books...but everyone I have heard talk about this book GUSHES about it....and John Green loves it. That as enough for me to pick it up at Barnes and Nobles finally.(less)
I love me some fairy tales so I knew this would be something I needed to get from local library. It's a quick, light read with some wonderful plays on...moreI love me some fairy tales so I knew this would be something I needed to get from local library. It's a quick, light read with some wonderful plays on lesser known, or at least lesser referenced, fairy tales...which is enough to make me giddy. I very much enjoyed that this book was written with a male character, fairy tales aren't just for girls....I mean really all the good ones are awesome and bloody! LOL it was cute and fun. The characters were 17, but they seemed to be written younger, I could see them as 14 or so, but for the whole marriage plots (the standard, if the hero saves the day he wins the princess thing, flipped a bit around.) This is the type of YA that can read young, that some Of my 5th graders could get into. Maybe it's a little bland, but its cute, and chop full of fairy tale allusions.(less)