Impromptu Book Review

04/13/2011 at 8:15 pm (book recommendation) (, , , , , , , , , )

I know I mentioned before that I was reading “The Unidentified.”  Well, I finished it.  In fact, I finished it a few days ago, but I wanted to think about it for a little while because I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it.

 

I liked the book, and for the most part I thought it was well written.  The main character, Katey, better known as Kid, was very likeable, and the world she lived in was vivid and easy to picture.  I did not like one of Kid’s best friends, as I mentioned before too, but I believe the author made her intentionally not likeable.

 

What made me unsure about the book was its ending.  It felt a little rushed, introducing key information right before it was used for the resolution of the book.  I prefer it when that sort of information is shown way earlier in the book, and then brought back up again when it’s needed at the very end.  I also didn’t feel all that much chemistry between Kid and the guy who she seemed to end up with at the very end of the book.  They felt more like they were just friends than anything else.

 

I had a few other issues with the end of the book too, but we are talking about the last 25 or so pages.  For the most part, up until that point, “The Unidentified” was a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone who likes a good distopian novel that concentrates on world building rather than action.  And since I’m pretty sure that this was Rae Mariz’s first book, I imagine her later books are only going to be getting better, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for some possible sequels.

 

On a typical scale, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars for its good characters (well, mostly), great world building, and fun to read style of writing.

 

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Bad Best Friend Syndrome

04/07/2011 at 8:41 pm (book recommendation, Reading) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The other day I started reading “The Unidentified” by Rae Mariz, and for the most part I really liked it.  The style of writing is easy to get into, the main character, Kid is someone I can relate to, and one of her best friends is likeable too…but it’s her other best friend who I have the problem with.

 

Ari, the bad best friend, is flighty and unreliable, and she only has one common interest with Kid, and even that she doesn’t seem really all that into anymore.  Plus, I don’t think Ari sounds like a good person.  I get the feeling that she would totally sell out her friends to achieve her goals.  So I don’t really understand why Kid is friends with her in the first place.

 

The thing is, “The Unidentified” is not the first book that I’ve read that has this bad best friend syndrome.  Earlier this year I also read “XVI” by Julia Karr, and it had the same problem.  There was also “The Iron Thorn” by Caitlin Kittredge that I was reading and put down for a while, and in that book I just wanted to reach into the pages and punch the main character’s best friend in the face.

 

So, what’s up with this?  Has anyone else come across this trend, or am I just gravitating to the only books like it?

 

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The End

04/05/2011 at 5:45 pm (Writing) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t know why it is, but the end is the trickiest section of my novel that I’ve had to write, and believe me, that’s saying a lot!  I’ve reworked it many times, and I’m still not satisfied with it.  Maybe I find it so hard to do because most of the stories I wrote in middle school and highschool never made it to the end, so I haven’t had as much practice with it.  Or maybe it’s just the endings really are just plain tricky.

I know that I’ve read many reviews of books where people’s biggest complaints have been that the book had a disappointing ending.  I’ve even read a couple of books that I really liked, but then I got to the end, and it was a huge let down.  So I’m thinking from now on, when I write about my book recommendations on Friday, one of the things I will point out is whether or not I feel the book had a sufficiently good ending, and nothing like: …and they lived happily ever after.  The End.

And while we’re on the topic of endings, “The Secret Hour” by Scott Westerfeld did not have one that saved the book from a three star rating.  I liked the book, but I didn’t love it.

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“Starcrossed” My First Book Review

04/01/2011 at 7:56 pm (book recommendation) (, , , , , , , , , )

"Starcrossed"

“Starcrossed”

By Elizabeth C. Bunce

 

This being my first Friday book recommendation, I’m not exactly sure how I should go about doing this.  What I am sure about is the book I have chosen for today.

 

I finished reading “Starcrossed” about a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it!  I loved it so much that the first opportunity I got after finishing it I jumped online to try and see when the next book was coming out.  But my search was sadly fruitless, and I couldn’t even find the title of the next book, let alone a date it’s supposed to be out by.

 

It’s about a thief named Digger, and she’s pretty much on the run (as a lot of thieves are in fantasy books), but she manages to get herself in as a handmaiden to a noble girl.  While she’s living her double life, one of the nobles finds out about her being a thief, and uses that information to blackmail her into working for him.

 

For those of you who are like me and love a good young adult fantasy novel with a strong female protagonist, pick up “Starcrossed” and give it a read.  You will not be disappointed.  Digger is a great main character, although she can be a little cold at times, do to all the hardships she has had in her past, and she is surrounded by a great cast of supporting characters, all with their own unique, individual personalities.  The setting is very easy to picture, and I find it incredibly fascinating that the world has multiple moons.  I also like how the magic is very important to the story, but it doesn’t overshadow all the other subtle details weaved into the plot.

 

“Starcrossed” caught me a little by surprise.  I was expecting a story that was lighthearted and full of humor, but even though it turned out to be a little darker than I expected, in no way was I disappointed.  I would definitely give his book five out of five stars.

 

I hope this review/recommendation was helpful without giving anything too important away, and I’ll have another book to suggest to read next week!

 

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Schedule of Events

03/29/2011 at 12:34 am (Schedule, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Since this is only my second blog post ever, I’m thinking I should come up with some sort of schedule or plan for this blog.  Now I’m not like my sister who likes to send intricately detailed plans in epic long emails.  I’m one of those people who like to make one or two plans then let my mood at the time decide the rest.

So even though I’m writing out a fairly intricate weekly blogging schedule here, it can and will be changed by events as minor as the weather/my mood/I saw a really cute puppy and feel like talking about it, or as major as I got exciting new writing news/the zombie apocalypse has arrived/a comet has crashed into the moon sending it closer to Earth and causing some major natural disasters.  By the way, if you have not read “Life as We Knew it” I highly recommend that you do.

Now, without further babbling or stalling on my part, here is my weekly blogging schedule:

Mondays:  This favorite day to all who work office jobs will be devoted to me just checking in.  I’ll talk a little about what step of the writing process I’m on, or maybe about whatever book I’m reading at the time.  Sound exciting?

Tuesdays:  This day will be all about different writing topic I’ve come across while either writing or reading.

Wednesdays:  Will be about new stuff I have learned while writing my novel(s) or researching the publishing market.  (This is the day that will most likely be dropped it I find writing a blog 5 days a week is too much for me).

Thursdays:  Nothing too exciting about Thursdays.  They’ll be pretty much the same as Tuesdays.

Fridays:  This day will be all about book recommendations.  Pretty plain and simple, huh?

Well, that is my extensive blog schedule.  Hope you all enjoy it.

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