I love writing reviews. But they are energy and time consuming. So for all the books I don’t write full reviews for, I write shorter opinions with varying grammar. I shall now
subject enlighten you with all the books I haven’t been reviewing fully, but still have an opinion on
I really like Garth Nix (or, that is, the Old Kingdom Chronicles). This books displays his excellence at science fiction writing and the premise is fascinating but… there wasn’t that much plot. The Raine thing, though it ended up being vital, like a distraction to the actual plot, the eighth order thing didn’t materialise, there was a plot thread that utterly failed to become significant and the entire thing was slightly predictable. Khemri’s growing awareness of his sheltered life and his quick mind and privileged attitude made him an interesting character and the intergalactic exploits were fun to read about, but the book wasn’t as developed as I’d hoped.
I get what this book was trying to do. I really do. It was trying to talk about intransience and identity and manhood and friendship and love and summer, but it failed. Absolutely. Because it ended up being about physical trivialities and not beautiful places and curses. There wasn’t enough magic, just some weird girls and a boy who didn’t learn anything. And swore a lot and meaninglessly. I love the ocean and mermaids, but this didn’t have much of either. It didn’t achieve what it set out to do and the romance was strange and I didn’t connect to Sam the main character or even enjoy it. If you want to read what this blurb promises (without the terrible romance,) just go for Lost Voices by Sarah Porter.
This is my fourth Jodi Picoult novel (and the second one I’ve read with van Leer) It was entertaining, but not much more than that. The romance was ridiculous (and often contrived) I liked reading Edgar’s point of view, and I liked that Jules was a bigger part of the story. The magic made it interesting but all the coming and going in and out of the story just stretched the book on and on and on. Once again, I liked the illustrations, and I liked that parents were a big part of it (though Delilah’s family really doesn’t seem poor to me) Like all Jodi Picoult novels
this one had a court case this one verged on the melodramatic. And the ending was nothing short of a fairy tale. That said, I liked this book, not as quality literature, but for the ‘fun’ characters, easy-to-relate themes and entertainment factor.
This is a completely fabulous book. The characters are totally appealing-I love Vivian’s vivacity ad verve, Harp’s courage and determination (and the interactions between her and Viv), Peter’s kindness and compassion and what an excellent team they make. All the minor characters- the teacher, Viv’s grandparents, her mother, Raj- are also complexly written. I like how the book pokes fun at the American culture of capitalism and consumerism, but not at religion itself, just fervent dogma’s which refuse to see any other perspective. I really liked the way it dealt with complex issues delicately and gave insight into people of all kinds, while being amusing and full of friendship and road trips.
I understand what this author was trying to do. I have no idea what I’d do in Pearl’s situation. But her closed off-ness really irritated me, and she was so mean and she made so many dumb decisions and I just couldn’t connect to her at all. The writing was really good. The other thing that bothered me was that it was never defined about whether her mother was a ghost or what.
I loved the ending though. It was excellent.
Around three years ago, I read Nefertiti, by Michelle Moran. I loved it. So when I saw this in the second-hand bookshop, I couldn’t resist (and who said that historical fiction teaches you nothing? This was way more in-depth than the French Revolution part of the AP world history course) I loved how Marie’s unique position, knowing nobles and revolutionaries, gives her the perfect perspective to tell this story. Even though I really got annoyed at some of the choices she made (e.g. business before Henri) I could understand her- wax modelling was the only world she had ever known, and she was loath to leave it. I also loved how the escalation of violence was chronicled, and the changes in relationships which that created. The only problem I had was the way that the abusive relationship with Francois was only mentioned in the end. Don’t get me wrong, this book was already MASSIVE, but I felt that it was really out of character for her, and it didn’t make sense, so that should have either not been mentioned or been more in depth.
So what did you think of my many mini (gosh, thats a tongue twister) reviews? Is it an experiment worth pursuing again? And have you read any of these books? Tell me what you think in the comments!