Reading Along for the Ride finally helped me to realize that Dessen's books have a strong mother/daughter conflict theme. It seems appropriate, considering that it's such a universal experience for teenaged girls. I appreciate a) that Dessen doesn't recycle the same characters and crisis each time--in each book, the characters and issues are fresh and interesting, even when read ...
So, I’ll be honest–I originally downloaded Die for Me because it was cheap. I didn’t even look at the premise, initially, but if I had, I probably wouldn’t have bothered. Don’t go look at Goodreads. Just don’t. YOU DID, DIDN’T YOU?? Yeah, it says zombies. Zombie love. That sounds SO MORONIC. Please to let me explain. The Revenants (zombies) are ...
Two main thoughts I'm taking away from Just One Day: 1)This is the kind of plot I would have loved as a teen, but as a mother, the thought of my daughter reading it makes me cringe. That said, I did enjoy it. 2) I really liked these characters, and found their story believable (if frustrating, but that's the point). But ...
After two adventure-filled novels, Promised has lots of plot to deal with and loose ends to wrap up. O’Brien does a nice job, here. Gaia has a lot to do, between saving herself, her family, and …for the sake of spoilers, let’s just say a lot of other people, but she manages to pull things off, and have some ...
I enjoyed Prized every bit as much as Birthmarked, the first in the series. I was thrown, here and there, by O’Brien’s writing style; there were a couple of conversations that confused me a little, because the characters were expressing emotions that we were supposed to understand they’d been feeling, when they hadn’t been clear at all. I found ...
Overall, I felt warm-ish about Birthmarked. When it began, I found it maybe a little juvenile. At some point, I found myself shocked to discover that the book does not take place in some sort of medieval period–rather, it’s more dystopian. Either I missed that explanation completely, or it’s just not made clear at all. There’s a bit of ...
Boundless, like the rest of its series, took me a little by surprise. I started reading the Unearthly trilogy about four months ago, when I was down with ankle surgery. A good friend lent me the first two books with a little shrug, telling me that it was OK if I didn’t like them, and she knew they were ...