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 ...
I wasn't, initially, terribly interested in reading Wither, because: polygamy? Really? I just wasn't feeling it. But after beginning two other books that were pretty miserably written, I decided to give Wither a try. It's actually shockingly good. I found myself completely sucked in to De Stefano's world. The fact that Rhine's been kidnapped helps, from a reader's point of ...
The overwhelming impression I got from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenwas how darned overblown the whole thing was. The story’s not bad. I didn’t find myself dying to pick it up again each night, but once I did it was entertaining enough. I guess I just couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about. The pictures, by the ...
Ashfall was a nice departure: it's so nice to read a post-apocalyptic novel based in actual fact! I love fiction, and don't mind at all if something is spun from pure imagination, but I hate it when something is presented as "science" and even an right-brained lay person like me can spot the flaws. This was interesting and well-researched, ...
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 ...
I’ve been struggling with how I feel about Partials. I want to like it? I kinda like it? I wouldn’t say I didn’t enjoy reading Partials–it wasn’t a chore, but it wasn’t a book I found myself in a hurry to get back to whenever I had free time. I can’t quite figure out why. The plot was interesting, ...
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 ...