This was my first time reading this book, and from the beginning I was hooked in by Holden's voice. To be honest, I knew the name Holden Caulfield wit...moreThis was my first time reading this book, and from the beginning I was hooked in by Holden's voice. To be honest, I knew the name Holden Caulfield without ever having read this book, but I'm pretty sure I thought he was a real person, not a character in a book. :P I love that as I write more and more class books, more and more "ah!" moments occur, and more connections are made in my head. It's great. :) And yes, I got a very late start in reading most of the books in the world that are considered "classic".
So, this book cracked me up on numerous occasions, and by "crack up" I mean I really laughed out loud. The story takes place over quite a short span of time, just a small number of days, but I was always reading on quickly to find out what would happen next. I love how dramatic Holden is as a narrator, and I love his 'rough' language. I really felt like I was in a different era reading this book, which is pretty cool 'cause I like to learn about different eras and get a "man on the ground" sort of point of view.
Anyway ... I don't really know what else to say about this book, other than that I really enjoyed it! :)(less)
Story: When Marsha was a little girl, she told the other kids she was really a Martian princess, and naturally got totally teased for being such a weir...moreStory: When Marsha was a little girl, she told the other kids she was really a Martian princess, and naturally got totally teased for being such a weirdo. Now Marsha is a super unpopular teen with lank hair and really bad skin. She's also an astronomy nerd. She's never had a boyfriend or even a kiss, but she's got a massive crush on a guy at her school. Then a new guy shows up at school, and she's instantly infatuated. It's not just 'cause he's super hot, or because his name is Rigel - like the star in Orion. It's also because there's just some insta-connection between them that she can't explain. Then the most ridiculous thing happens - the new hottie starts to pay attention to Marsha! It turns out there IS a connection between them - an out of this world connection. :) And in Rigel's world, Marsha is far more of a VIP than she could ever have imagined.
My thoughts: I was tempted to also put this on my "action" bookshelf, but then I realised there isn't a whole heap of action in this book. There's a bit, I guess, but it mostly piles up at the very end of the story. For the rest of the book, mostly, nothing all that worrisome happens. I kept expecting the main character to get into serious strife on her own, but it never happened - even the "homeless" encounter wasn't really that scary, though it would have been interesting to see what happened if that guy DID use the silvery device on Marsha.
Sometimes I found myself feeling a bit exasperated by all the lovey-doveyness between Marsha and Rigel, but most of the time it was okay. I thought Rigel was right to do what he did in moving on from Marsha at that one point - at least, with the knowledge he had at the time it was the best option. But obviously it turned out to not be the best idea, and it was good that he agreed to get back with Marsha. But despite Trina being a bitch, I didn't really approve of how he just suddenly turned back to Marsha, apparently without even having a conversation with Trina about it. Even if she was a bitch, it would have been the right thing for him to do. Though I guess he had other things on his mind at the time, like himself and Marsha being in potential mortal danger.
First off, I love Greek mythology and studied it at university, so this was a bit of a blast from the past for me. I loved reading this retelling of t...moreFirst off, I love Greek mythology and studied it at university, so this was a bit of a blast from the past for me. I loved reading this retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. I thought it was interesting how Mina Lobo treated Artemis, who has always been my favourite goddess. She was basically a petulant, whiny little sister at times, which was cute, but I love the Artemis of myth who is a mighty huntress.
All in all, I loved this book - Lobo portrays Hades as a delectable kind of sexy, brooding dude, but of course the brooding guys are always much better in fiction than in reality, at least in my experience. :P Still, I will go for them every time in the fictional worlds I read about, and I will love them!
I found this book to be humorous as well as sweet and romantic and, now and then, just a little bit steamy. ;) I also think Lobo is a great writer, and in recent years I've read a lot of self-published books that have actually made me furious because they're badly written. It was a delight to read an excellently-written self-published book whose every word was pleasing. :)(less)