This book made me cry. But I probably should have seen that coming since I knew it was about a girl dealing with the loss of her mother. And I cry so...moreThis book made me cry. But I probably should have seen that coming since I knew it was about a girl dealing with the loss of her mother. And I cry so easily. I took this with me to work and read it during my lunch break. And even though I was constantly worried someone would round the corner and spot me sitting at my desk crying, I continued reading. I’m a sucker for punishment, ey? The story dealt with a heavy subject and handled it fairly well, I just didn’t have a deep interest in the story. It needed something more, something to help it stand out better in my mind.
And while it tugged all the usual heartstrings, it was still something I could put down and forget about. It didn’t have a lot of things that kept place in my mind after reading. It was good and dealt with a girl growing up with the loss of her mother, but felt a little muted, like it wasn’t fully developed. It was good, but it wasn’t great and I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
To the tune of Monopoly: Do not pass go, do not collect rave reviews. I didn't like this book for several reasons. The romance felt weird and uneven. I...moreTo the tune of Monopoly: Do not pass go, do not collect rave reviews. I didn't like this book for several reasons. The romance felt weird and uneven. I couldn’t get into the characters and thought their relationship was missing something. I struggled with the time travel elements because they make sense and there were time traveling aspects that didn't mesh with the plot. It didn't add up and kept jolting me out of the story.
I also didn't like the ending AT ALL. It seemed to undermine much of what the novel had been working towards. And it seemed like a bit of a cheap trick on the author’s part. There were a lot of elements that frustrated me throughout the story.
1. I didn’t like the relationship between Jackson and Holly. 2. The story didn’t keep me vested. 3. I wished for more explanation of the time traveling elements. And 4. There was some mature content I didn’t appreciate.
Overall it was just not my type of book. And the sad thing was I could tell from the beginning I probably wasn’t going to like it, but I kept reading, hoping I’d be proven wrong. And it had such a gorgeous cover...I was really hoping for some redemption in the story and that never happened.
You know a book is good when it compels you to immediately share with others. (Or find someone and read them passages out loud.) And The Hero’s Guide...moreYou know a book is good when it compels you to immediately share with others. (Or find someone and read them passages out loud.) And The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom wholeheartedly falls into that category. One thing's for sure: I'm reading any other books in this series! I fell in love with the quirky and bizarre characters. The story was hilarious and full of delightful antics and imaginative zaniness. It kept me entertained and turning the pages because I wanted to know what hilarity ensue next.
It was a delightful set of characters and even though there were a lot of people to juggle around, I never felt like Healy dropped the ball when describing each personality. Each prince felt distinctly original. I fell in love with the characters: Gustav and his gruff personality and stoic approach to emotions; Frederic and his seemingly ineptitude until the middle of the story when he realizes his purpose; Liam and the way he can tackle almost any problem without breaking a sweat; And Duncan, crazy, spastic, random, lovable Duncan. How can you not laugh with glee at everything that comes out of his mouth? I wanted to highlight all of his conversations because they were so HILARIOUS. And the way everybody else in the group dealt with him was all the more humorous. I laughed out loud so many times while reading!
I think the aspect I most enjoyed out of this book was the tone Healy took with his writing. It was slapstick-lackadaisical-all-around-hilarious, like the author was beaming with mirth and secretly whispering in your ear a hilarious story. I was amused at how Healy tied everything together in the novel and deftly wove through the ins and outs of other fairy tales and still made it uniquely his. Every now and then the narrator would pop in with a revealing little comment – solely for the amusement of readers. And it took me a little while to make the connection, but this book totally reminds me of The Emperor’s New Groove! Do you remember that crazy animated Disney movie about the talking llama, Kuzco? Yeah, that’s probably one of my top ten favorite films of all time. And the humor in that film is similar to the humor in this story, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
One thing that’s surprising is how out of the blue this novel is. I mean, I picked it up at ALA and I hadn’t heard of it before or seen it around online. And after reading it I was shocked! For such a delightfully humorous and engaging story, why on earth is it not more popular?! How come more people haven’t read this? Why isn’t it being made into a movie? These are all very relevant questions! It was one of the best books I read last year and when I re-read it again this summer (you know, because the SEQUEL CAME OUT AND I’M SO EXCITED) it was JUST as enjoyable as the first time I read it. I can seriously see this being a staple in modern fairy-tale lit for kids. It’s that good! I think everyone should read it. It’s light-hearted and still packs a punch with the emotions and depth of character throughout the story. Now I need to get my hands on that sequel STAT.
Love love LOVE this book. And to leave you with a small taste of the humor…a quote featuring Gustav and Duncan in the line of battle.
“Now!” Gustav shouted as he tumbled to the ground. “Get him now!”
“Get him how?” Duncan asked. He looked at the sword in his hand. Unsure of what he should do, he tossed his weapon at the giant. The sword flipped through the air a couple of times and landed softly on the grass only a few feet away.
“That was the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen,” said Gustav. Duncan stepped forward to retrieve his sword, tripped over his belt, hit his head on a rock, and knocked himself out cold.
“I spoke too soon,” said Gustav, “That was the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen.”
I was intrigued by this story. It started off good and stayed fairly strong throughout the entire novel. I was fascinated by the idea of teens letting...moreI was intrigued by this story. It started off good and stayed fairly strong throughout the entire novel. I was fascinated by the idea of teens letting other people inhabit their bodies for money. It was a bit of a sick fascination, because it was also disturbing, but I thought it worked well in the story. And what started out innocently (or, at least, as innocent as a body factory could start out!) soon gave way to something far more sinister and corrupt. I thought the narrative unraveled well and I was just as engaged in solving the mystery as Callie.
It had some intriguing plot twists as well. I liked how it felt like a blend of science fiction and dystopian. I could picture the setting in my mind and it was futuristic, but still had elements that made it feel like the world we live in now. And while I enjoyed this novel and finished fast, it wasn’t something that completely captured my attention. It’s probably not something I’d run around recommending and I might read the sequels, but I won’t pine away for them. If you like futuristic societies with elements of thriller, mystery, and some romance...you might like this book.
This book fell short on several levels. The dialogue was superficial and cheesy. The conversations were melodramatic and reminiscent of something I ha...moreThis book fell short on several levels. The dialogue was superficial and cheesy. The conversations were melodramatic and reminiscent of something I had already read. I thought the main character was a little bipolar, sometimes she sounded too old for her age and then she didn't match up when her actions were immature and childish. The plot also needed help - it didn't really bring anything new to the table and was very droll. The book was SUPER short, I wished it would have been longer only so they could have worked on the plot and characterization more, which would've made the story believable. As it was, it felt like a broad camera sweep across the room, with my eyes never settling long enough on anything to bring it in focus. It was a brief glimpse out of the corner of my eye and then I was moving on to something else. I wouldn't recommend.