Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Review & Overview

Okay, this post is going to cover a slew of books I read recently and how I felt. if I feel the need to expound on any, later on I'll do a separate post.


Title: Desires of the Dead (Body Finder No.2)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 368
Published: February 15th, 2011 by HarperCollins
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I really did love this book. However, I didn't think it was as good as the first one. Maybe it's because the newness of it is over, but I don't think that was it. I still loved Violet and Jay, but I thought Jay was obsessively protective and that annoyed. Don't get me wrong, still love him, still love the book, but obsessive protectiveness, I DID NOT LIKE at all. The story was still fun though and definitely worth reading.
Rating: 4/5 30PX30PX30PX30PX



Title
: XVI
Author: Julie Karr
Pages: 325
Published: January 6th, 2011 by Puffin/Speak
Synopsis (click link for summary)

This book wasn't exactly like I expected it to be. I was telling one of my good GR friends that I probably would have liked it better had it not been for the hype. However, I still felt that the writing wasn't that great, although I've definitely seen worse. I did like the characters and what they brought to the book. I'd like to see more character development for Nina and Sal as well as relationship development, but maybe in the next book. Some of the events seemed funky, but I liked the twist on dystopian and felt like I was reading something new rather than something retold in a different way. Overall, I'd say I liked it.
Rating: 3/5 30PX30PX30PX


Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Pages: 304
Published: July 20th, 2010 by MTV
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I'm a fan of Jennifer Echols, so it's not crazy to say that I loved this book. It's basically the story of a girl who ends up with amnesia and then tries to find out the part of her memory that is missing. As the reader we get to follow along in her search. My only complaint is I wish the ending would have been a little longer, meaning I would have liked to have seen the actual display of her relationship. I thought it was cut short too soon. Other than that, I loved the book and the subject matter and I recommend it to YA contemporary fans.

Rating: 4/5 30PX30PX30PX30PX


Title: It's Not Summer Without You (Summer No.2)
Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 288
Published: April 27th, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I don't know who's read this series, but I love it. Jenny Han does an awesome job of bringing love and life into her contemporary fiction novels. Her writing is simple and prosaic and gets to the point without too much hoopla. This second book hits the spot with some tears and laughter. We get to see so much personality behind Belly and we get to see another side to Jeremiah. I loved the twisted events that occur and I can't wait for the third in the series to be released. This book was amazing and I recommend the series to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary fiction. I love Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah. Beach reads really are the best!

Rating: 5/5 (with chocolate ice cream on top)
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7 comments:

  1. ooooh, I read the first Jenny Han book a month or two ago and you just reminded me of how EXCITED I was to read Book 2!! I need to find it... Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I just ordered a Jennifer Echols book(Going to Far) the other day because I keep hearing great things!

    I love the Summer books! :)

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  3. Lovely choices, I think I mind be tempted by The Body Finder series soon!

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  4. I need to read me some Jenny Han, I feel like I'm missing out on awesomeness. I thought the world of XVI was disturbingly fascinating, but I wanted a bit more from Sal and Nina, their "relationship" fell a bit flat for me considering how serious their world was. Loved these mini reviews Jen!

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  6. @Katie - I really do love that series. I'd say as far as contemps go, beach and summer reads are my favorites and Han is up there with my top authors.

    @Jacinda - The first series of hers I read was Endless Summer and thought it was hilarious. Her lead character was just a crack up. Plus, I love books where life long friends hook up.

    @anachronist - I really loved The Body Finder. I thought the first was a fun twist to fantasy fiction.

    @Jenny - I really love Jenny Han. I totally stumbled on her one day at B&N. It was the title of that first book, "The Summer I Turned Pretty". It's like I was hoping for that my whole high school career. I couldn't help myself.

    I agree with you on Nina and Sal. It wasn't well developed and for such a serious set of circumstances was flat in comparison.

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  7. I like the slew of reviews :) I just met Kimberly Derting as you know, she was amazing and the whole book signing was fun. We must get to one together.

    Dark Days of Supernatural Summer Tour is going to be hitting AZ I'm just not sure when or where.

    Please do stop by for some gossip, a crumpet to check out my newest giveaway :)

    Mad Scientist
    Steampunkery & Book Reviews

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