Friday, March 25, 2011

Mini-Reviews

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

It's been ages since I actually read this one, but I realized that I never posted about it. The hype surrounding this one left me wondering if it could live up to it. After reading it, I thought that it did, however I had some issues with Evie. I loved the fresh feeling of this book. Despite seeing some common paranormal characters (i.e werewolves, vampires, faeries), they felt new. I also thought that White did a great job of making me care about the characters. Hm, how to write this without giving too much away. I was surprised to find that I was really upset when a certain character died.

I did think that Evie was a little inconsistent. It's not that I thought she was underdeveloped, or that I didn't like her...it was that her emotions were all over the place. I suppose you could blame that on teen hormones, but it was the one thing that stopped me from connecting with her more.

Published by HarperTeen
Rating: C+/B-
Purchased


Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I picked this one up after I found out that this was the book that the film was based on. While not the highest quality movie, I did enjoy the adventure. Plus, the book is always better than the film. This novel definitely proved this rule, and allowed me to understand the characters in a way that the movie didn't.

Tristran Thorn is a regular guy trying to win over the heart of the town beauty. When he promises to retrieve a fallen star for her, however, he gets much more than he bargained for. Adventure, murder, witches, and magic all combine to make an exciting read. The characters were fun, and the ending was quite different from the one in the film.

Published by Harper Perennial
Rating: A
Purchased

Wicked Appetite (the Unmentionables 1) by Janet Evanovich

Since this isn't the genre that I typically review here, I'll make this one quick. It was an interesting start to the series, but I can see some similarities between this and the Stephanie Plum books....not that I'm complaining. It was an entertaining read, and I'm looking forward to the other books in the series. The plot was definitely unique, and it held my interest. Unlike the Plum books, however, I don't think I'll buy these for my collection.

Rating: C
Published by St. Martin's Press
Borrowed from library

3 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sorry you didn't dig Evie. For some reason I totally connected with her.

Great minis.

Happy weekend!

YA Book Queen said...

Definitely agree about Evie, and great review of Stardust. I totally need to get that one now, especially if it's better than the movie :D

Zemira Djedović said...

Evie is a little childish but the whole trilogy was a fun book for younger teens so I can't blame the author for writing Evie's character the way she did.

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