No thought to what the international response to this crisis would be....moreI read this one awhile ago....
HORRIBLE world building, completely implausible.
No thought to what the international response to this crisis would be. Why couldn't you get women from poor countries who didn't inject their meat with hormones? America is still pretty rich, enviable place to live. Once people realized what was happening, why didn't all women between puberty and old age have their parts surgically removed? Why are men exempt from this disease, they have estrogen too???
The quality of the story and the writing is keeping me from giving this 4 stars. I just don't love it enough to...more**spoiler alert** Peach Award 4.5 Stars
The quality of the story and the writing is keeping me from giving this 4 stars. I just don't love it enough to give it a full 5.
Pros: 1. Beautiful imagery and overarching themes 2. The author's ability to make you sympthasize and love "the bad guys" 3. The references to Somali folklore...I loved the tailless camel, and similar stories.
Cons: 1. Apparently Amy grew up in America. You can't tell that by the fact that she reports the temperature in Celsius, and some of her word choices, even though at the beginning of the book she mentions she has an American accent. This is petty of me to report, I know...but it jarred me several times, enough that I actually stopped reading. 2. There were times when the "artsiness" of the book got to be too much--too forced. Not often, but at times. For example, Amy's description of the gun going off in her ear: (
I thought this was too much. Or the page of music.....the book had so much action going on, that these brief glimpses of...whatever...didn't jive, and were once again jarring.
In the end this was an unusual meshing of action, romance, and for lack of a better term, artsy self-expression. Sometimes jarring, but on the whole a successful melding. (less)
**spoiler alert** I think I liked this book. I might have loved it.
Cady is an unreliable narrator, who unveils the story of the accident that caused...more**spoiler alert** I think I liked this book. I might have loved it.
Cady is an unreliable narrator, who unveils the story of the accident that caused her extensive migraines as she discovers it herself.
Pros: The fairy tale variations (I loved the stories that included the mouse, and even more so the juxtaposition of the foul-language) The language/tone/grammar The pace of the book--info is leaked one morsel at a time, but quick enough that I did not grow bored with the story (not after I got through the first couple of chapters/family trees that is.
Cons: Even with a family tree and a map of the island, I had a hard time keeping up with all the people in the family. Why were they called the liars? I know why Cady is a liar...even Mullen...But Johnny and Gat? Upon the unveiling of the ending, I had a hard time coming to terms with several of the scenes that happened within the book, during the 17th Summer. I can stomach visions, but ghosts? Was this a supernatural story after all?(less)
**spoiler alert** Zoe is a girl consumed by guilt, who can't find it in herself to confess to a man who lived without sin. So she researches death row...more**spoiler alert** Zoe is a girl consumed by guilt, who can't find it in herself to confess to a man who lived without sin. So she researches death row inmates in need of a pen-pal and starts to pour out her secrets to Stuart Harris with an assumed name so that her secrets stay secret.
Favorite things about the book:
1. The author NAILS the voice of Zoe. She's obviously gifted at writing (she wants to write children's books for a profession, her parents want her to be a lawyer) and her letters to Mr. Harris are riddled with metaphors and big descriptive phrases...often times being completely insensitive to Mr. Harris's plight, and other times startling with her empathy of Stuart's situation.
2. The relationship that Zoe creates with Mr.Harris...who becomes Stuart...who eventually becomes Stu. I love that over the course of the book, Zoe really connects with Stuart, even though its a one-sided relationship. I like to think that the poem at the end of the book was written for Zoe by Stuart, in his attempt to reach out to this girl who has poured out her secrets.
3. I know its already been mentioned, but Zoe's insensitivity can be HILARIOUS.
4. Zoe's sister Dot--a very vivacious deaf girl
5. The subplots between Zoe's mom, Dot and the middle sister, as she discovers her parenting techniques have done a lot of damage to her other daughters.
6. The fact that you don't know until the last pages of the book which boy dies and which boy lives.
Things that keep it from being 5 stars:
1. The sex scenes are pretty explicit. Most of the acts are insinuated, but it does get pretty detailed. I think there is a very thin line between YA fiction and Adult fiction, and for me that line is usually defined by the age of the narrator and how graphic the sexy bits get.....This one might be hard to recommend only but the most mature teens, which really makes it a hard Peach sell.
2. Stuart is American, and Zoe is British so there is a lot of British slang and customs which are very well explained in context of the book. However, I still found myself not understanding everything Zoe was saying, which may be a roadblock for some teen readers.
All in all, I just really loved the vibrancy of this book. All the characters were neatly flushed out, and Zoe's way of describing the world made me laugh out loud several times. I really loved this book.
A combination of Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast. This was my favorite sort of retelling, in that it has very obvious nods to the original tales, b...moreA combination of Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast. This was my favorite sort of retelling, in that it has very obvious nods to the original tales, but is in itself a completely new and reimagined tale.
Nyx is the oldest of two twins. She is destined to become the bride of the Demon Prince Ignifex. She is trained by her (unloving) father to destroy Ignifex, and free her country from the Sundering, which has completely removed the area from the known world (sky and all).
I love the interplay between Nyx and Ignifex. I love that they are both flawed--hatred eats at them both--but they love each other in spite, and sometimes even because of those flaws. I love the complexity of Nyx's relationship with her twin. You spend the whole book thinking that Astraia is this two-dimensional character, only to discover that she has her own story of loss. I love the incorporation of Greek and Celtic gods.
Cons: The book lags in the middle while Nyx discovers the castle. About half-way through I started to wish that something more interesting would happen. I don't have the book in front of me now, but it felt like she spent at least 1/3 of the book exploring all the different rooms. This may be a little too much fantasy for the average reader.
This is definitely a book for girls. There's nothing sexually explicit, but there is actually a bodice ripping scene (she rips it, not him) and inferences of sex. I LOVED it....but this is definitely not a gender bridging book. (less)
My biggest issue with this book was the pointlessness of its graphic violence. Baby killing, mass murders, atrocious atrocious stuff…and why? Some ran...moreMy biggest issue with this book was the pointlessness of its graphic violence. Baby killing, mass murders, atrocious atrocious stuff…and why? Some random mumbling and references to something or other…This book struck me as an excuse to violate my mind with dark dark darkness. I'm okay with going there, but not for fun. Not like this. This book was awful.(less)
Short Blurb: A historical fiction that even the most anti-history fan would love. Jade Moon lives with the burden of being a...more**spoiler alert** 4.5 stars
Short Blurb: A historical fiction that even the most anti-history fan would love. Jade Moon lives with the burden of being a Fire Horse--an incredibly stubborn and (when a girl) unlucky sign to have. Jade Moon makes her way to America, and after realizing her father and fiance never intended for her to enter the country, steals her fiance's papers and enters America as a man. She lands in the hands of the Chinese Tong (mafia) and through learning to fight, finally controls her Fire Horse temper.
Why I liked it: Honeyman does an excellent job of hiding interesting tidbits of chinese culture and history into a book that was really written for popular consumption. Chinese Mafia, stolen identities, daring rescues? It sounds so mainstream. But she also throws in a lot of historical facts: The poetry at Angel Island, the existence of the Tong and how it evolved from something that protected people to burdening people, the shame that doctors and nurses brought to the chinese during their American entry, the paper sons....so much interesting information put into such a fun reading format. I loved Jade Moon and her big mouth. She knows her flaws and still can't fix them, which is how people tend to be outside of books.
What it has going against it: There's everything to be said for excellent research. But I'm not Chinese, and neither is the author....so exactly how accurate is this? I'm wary.