Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cruel Beauty (215 pages).

By Rosamund Hodge

Breathtaking interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast". I loved it intensely. 

Everything on It by Shel Silverstein -- 194 pages

A book of silly poems that I read for the Summer Reading Program.  It was an entertaining enough book, but reading poem after poem got a little old.  I enjoyed some of his poems, but others I read and thought to myself, "And he got famous (and probably rich) writing this stuff??

It needed to be read in bits and dabs.  I'm just glad I'm through it.

Book Thief by Markus Zusak -- 552 pages

A story about growing up and the power of words.  Set in WWII Germany, illiterate Liesel begins her journey as a book thief, stealing the Gravedigger's Handbook before she is even able to read it.  Thurs begins her love affair with books, when her foster father teaches her to read it as he calms her nightly nightmares.

Death is the narrator of the book, and it took me a while to get into it, but I ended up enjoying the book immensely.  I listened to the downloaded audio of the book, and wondered half-way through if I would have enjoyed it as much in a printed format.  Its time and place jumps around a bit, and Death makes frequent aside comments, so I question if I'd have had the same feelings for the book had I "read" it.

Go for it.  It's an unusual and haunting read.

Runaways by Brian Vaughan, 144 pages

Meghan had reviewed this book and really liked it so I thought I'd give it a go. Of course, I then had to wait for both of my kids to read it before I got a chance. Imagine being a teenager and finding out your parents wear costumes and meet with other costumed people. You'd think they were superheroes, but wait, what if it turned out they were actually super villains?

The House of Death by Laurie John, 283 pages

While Sweet Valley books would never get awards for their realism, this was one of the most out there ones yet, and that's after reading the thrillers with the vampire.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass, 336 pages

This final book of The Selection Series was just as intriguing and compelling as the rest. It is just a continuation of the same storyline of the previous books but somehow Kiera Cass has managed to make the scenario totally engrossing. I liked the complexity and yet sheer fluffiness of the books and she really has you guessing what will happen throughout them. The series ended with a bang, an unexpected super dramatic conclusion, and I thought the outcome was just a little too tidy. All of the loose ends were a bit unbelievably and easily resolved. It all ended very quickly and did not completely explain the resolution of political problems. It makes me wonder if she is planning to write more, or she just wanted a pretty, easy ending?

Anyway, regardless of all that, I really loved this series.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy, 516 pages

I love anything fairytale based, and this series has been a lot of fun. What happens when the Prince Charmings of our stories are actually as suave, dashing and great as the tales make them out to be? The Princes are tired of having their characters maligned and names forgotten, and they'll continue to try to be heroes until it kills them. This is a really fun series.