Posts Categorized: 3 star books

Falling Under: review

Falling Under: review

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes I have wildly mixed feelings about this book, which is loosely based on the myth of Persephone. I’m not sure I can write a coherent review because I’m so conflicted, so here goes the pros and cons list. Warning: mild spoilers contained below. For the first two thirds of the book: * I was pretty annoyed with the main character Theia. Stop falling in love with boys just because they’re kinda cute, girls! * I really, really disliked Haden. Manipulative, bad-tempered, controlling, stalker-ish guys who try to make girls jealous, especially while grinding their hips against other girls during a dance while eye-locked with the main character, make me want to resort to violence. I can’t get a handle on the guy. Sometimes he seems so into you, and other times he’s…sort of the Antichrist. Exactly! * There was no reason for Theia’s dialogue to be… Read more »

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Wither (Chemical Garden #1): review

Wither (Chemical Garden #1): review

Wither (Chemical Garden #1)by Lauren DeStefano The concept of a society in which girls are forced into polygamous marriages may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but I like art that pushes boundaries or attempts to explore unusual subjects in a meaningful way. Besides, the cover is gorgeous! And on the set decoration front, Wither is a novel that seductively beckons the reader with alluring images and positively drips with atmosphere. Languid young women wander around a mansion in lacy gowns waiting to be impregnated by their joint husband, due to drastically shortened life spans that force them into polygamous marriages. It’s pretty much the love child of Ally Condie’s Matched and the television show Big Love, as styled by Vogue. While many of the scenarios and language are certainly quite beautiful, however, sometimes I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh at the repeated images of our heroine lounging on a satin bedspread eating candy, all… Read more »

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Savannah Grey: review

Savannah Grey: review

Savannah Greyby Cliff McNish There are few well-written horror novels available for young adults, so it’s great to have a new entry that’s both intelligent and imaginative. With the visceral descriptiveness of Stephen King and a black humor all his own, Cliff McNish has created a darkly nightmarish novel with a heroine who possesses a fascinating paranormal ability. Savannah Grey doesn’t understand the dreadful thing in her throat, but she knows that she must protect it at all costs. The narration, most of which is from Savannah’s point of view, is decisively British and strikes the appropriate tone for a teenage girl. It’s also filled with horrifyingly enjoyable, twisted humor that pops up at the most unexpected times, often right in the middle of a massive fight scene with monstrous enemies. I liked Savannah and many of the smart choices she makes, as well as how the plot zips right… Read more »

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