Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Made of Stars by Kelley York

...and by interesting, I mean I might want to throw myself out of a moving vehicle by the time she leaves.  p. 64

Siblings, Hunger and Ashlin, have been best friends with Chance for years, but when they finally get a real glimpse of his life, they question everything they thought was true.

It took me quite a while to read this book because so much made me tense as I was reading it, and I had to keep taking a break. I became emotionally involved with Hunter, Ashlin, and Chance that I hurt for them.
Things that kept me in the story:
  • Characters – well drawn, understandable
  • Mystery of Chance’s life
  • Writing--beautiful descriptions
  • Unconventional storyline (sort of – we have a rather large section of “child abuse fiction” in my library)

Things that kicked me out of the story:
  • Wondering when the murder (the one on the book jacket) was going to happen
  • Hunter’s indecision about his girlfriend
  • Writing – had to look at the chapter headings to know who was “Talking.” Hunter and Ashlin’s “Voices” were too similar. The context always helped but I certainly needed the headings.
  • The ending:
    • Getting to the end and realizing what I thought was more book, was just previews for two more books – Ugh! Frustrating.
    • Not a satisfying ending for me at all. I don’t need an HEA all the time, but I do need resolution.

Made of Stars is a dark story, not a light summer read. But, once again, I find myself glad I read Kelley York’s book. I’ll keep looking for this author’s stuff, when I want something out of the ordinary.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Quick and dirty, a few reviews


The Academy--Thief
C. L. Stone

Bought this on sale and I am so glad. I'm going to get the other series to read while I wait for number two in this one. Fast paced, lots of adventure, and potential romance, what's not to like?

Wednesday why not read...The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Kindle     Nook

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indiana Reservation to attend an all–white form town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

This is another one of those books where – I’m late to the party, again, but so glad I came. I’m so late (this was published in 2007) I guess the clean-up has begun, but wow – it's worth the trip just for the left over atmosphere. PT Indian is:
  • Wickedly funny
  • Depressing
  • Realistic
  • Optimistic
  • Illustrated!

Who should read this book?  Anyone who has ever felt::
  •   Like life has run them over
  •   Like a victim
  •   Terrified of change
  •   Terrified of stagnation
  •    Hopeful
  •   Poor
  •   Alone

The message of this book is hope; amidst a lot of pain, but hope none the less, couched in a funny, biting, slice of life. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Cress by Marissa Meyer

Kindle    Nook

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they are plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she is being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she has just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hurry up and read this, or go slowly to savor it, because it’s at least another year before book four comes out. I ended up taking two days to read it, because that's as slow as I could make myself go. Sigh.

Cress did not disappoint me:

  • ·         There was not a lot of back story – thank you!
  • ·         Plenty of things happening to keep me interested while moving along the all over story arc
  • ·         A satisfying ending
  • ·         New characters that fit and expanded the story rather than cluttering it
Cress is not a stand-alone; many of the characters and events will not make sense if you have not read Cinder or Scarlett.
Ms. Meyer weaves in many subtle and overt fairy tale references. Two of my favorites happened with the names of characters.  Cress (short for crescent moon) links to the lettuce stolen in the original Rapunzel which was taken during night, under moonlight.  Captain Thorne links to the the prince who was blinded by falling into thorns in the original story.  

This quote made me smile:

Because if there was one thing Cress knew about heroes, it was that they could not resist a damsel in distress. (p. 27)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday fandom...ceiling tile art


Laura's awesome art, hangs over my head with our favorite quote from this book. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday why not read...Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

I (Stacey) read Fangirl at the same time as one of my favorite students (who is typing this for me now, isn’t she great?). It was fun – like we had our own mini book club. We’d comment to one another and share insights.  I had a hard time identifying with Cath at first because my personality is more like her twin Wren. I did empathize with her feeling abandoned by her sister.
I, the student, (my name is Laura by the way, hi) in contrast really related with Cath. We were similar down to worrying about what posters to hang on the dorm room walls to being active in fandoms.  I was anxious for Cath to realize that other people aren’t so scary, and she needn’t be afraid of them or their motives. It took a while – but finally. What she said.
As with Ms. Rowell’s Eleanor and Park I still want more story. I’d say that’s the mark of a good writer – I’m not ready to let go of these characters. I loved seeing the characters grow and develop! I completely agree with her , I don’t want to let go.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Internet friends don’t count.”  p 42

“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I like that we’re not friends.”
“Me too,” Regan said. “I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.”  p 43

But Levi, long as his legs were, never broke an amble.  p 53

“I always get lost in the library,” he said, “no matter how many times I go. In fact I think I get lost there more, the more that I go. Like it’s getting to know me and revealing new passages.”  p 58

“You’re not the ugly one,” Levi grinned. “You’re just the Clark Kent.” … “Hey Cath… will you warn me when you take your glasses off?”  p 80

“I don’t want to kiss a stranger,” Cath would answer. “I’m not interested in lips out of context.”  p 85

“I want to know – are you rooting for me? Are you hoping I pull this off?”  p 271

Kindle      Nook

From Goodreads:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.  Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.  Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.  Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?