I’ve a few things to cover in the post, and will be color coding the different sections because a) colors are awesome and 2. I just feel like doing it. This will not be a (foreseeable) normal occurrence, so if you hate it, no worries. Continue reading
Found this book bargain shopping, and I must say that I rather liked it. I’ve been having some real luck buying cheap books and having them actually turn out to be gems.
Kid goes to school at the Game, where TV camera’s watch you and company’s advertise and use you as advertisement. With marketing being shoved at them every turn, it was only a slight surprise when a body form fell from a balcony with a note saying
“Unidentified. Choose your suicide” written on it. For Kid, however, this moment marks the moment she stops being average in the system and starts trying to unravel the chaos that is now the Game. She starts trying to find who was behind the prank and ends up with far more troubles than she has ever had to deal with.
One of my favorite little things about this book was the fact they used the phrase “sweet Google”, I’m not sure why, but it just cracked me up every time they used some variation of it. While this wasn’t a crazy-amazing-could-never-put-it-down type book, it was still engaging and a nice statement on the current marketing styles while not being crazy preachy about it. The ending was a perfect fit too with how the book was playing out. With some interesting cast of characters, Kid especially is far from perfect, and is a pretty decent representative of the kind of unstated, run of the mill teenage girl who just is and has things happen despite. She’s funny, but not a comedian, loyal to a fault, but not overly so, and dedicated, but only to the things she loves. What I love about this is that it is a nice change from all the strong, independent female characters being written about (NOT that there’s anything wring with that, but a change of pace is always appreciated).
Book Cover / Book Title – 2/2
Writing (Style, Technique, Quality) – 1.5/2
Plot – 1/2
Overall, this book receives a 8.5/10
Book Title: Looking for J.J.
Author: Anne Cassidy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
I’m huge on rereading books, especially books that I’ve loved. This is one of the reasons why I love buying books, and why I have more books than shelf space, but that’s a story for another day. There are a lot of series that I started when I was younger that are still being released that I’m still collecting (such as Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer) or series that have ended but that I’m still working on getting (The Lost Years of Merlin, by T.A. Barron). I have certain books or series that I will go back to when I’m in certain moods that help me feel better. Sometimes I just forget what the books are about and read them again to discover it. This is actually what I’m currently doing with the Lost Years (we’ll be back to your mostly regularly scheduled book reviews when life calms down a bit, I’ve a few awesome books in the drafts, I promise).
The Lost Years is a series I remember loving reading when I was younger (I honestly don’t remember when that was), so when I found them at my local used bookstore, I had to buy them (also they were mad cheap. BONUS!) I’ve managed to slow down with my new books to pick this series up (also because I was in the mood for a bit of fantasy, it’s been a while since I’ve read one). What I noticed is that I don’t really enjoy it as much this time around as I remember having all those years ago. I’m going to finish the series (I’m only a chapter or so from finishing the first book) and see if, like many other series, the first book is a bit slower to start than the following others.
This book is geared towards a younger audience, but this was also a book first published in 1996, where “Young Adult” wasn’t as prominent a genre as it is now. Since most of the books I’ve read in the past month or so have been more recent publications, I’m not sure if it my general expectations of the book that is sort of ruining the good memory of it, that my reading tastes have changed, or that I simply remembering the book more fondly than I actually felt post reading.
Is this something that you guys have run into before? Or is it simply me being weird? If it isn’t, let me know what book or series you guys have reread that left you feeling a bit disappointed years later. Books that have satisfied the reread test (The Blue Sword is a personal favorite of mine, for ever and for always) can also be shared. Happy readings!
If you haven’t heard about it yet, there’s been a huge natural disaster in the form of a nasty typhoon in the Philippines. The aftermath is quite awful. If you’d like to find out more about the typhoon and the current state of things, please CLICK HERE.
Now, for the good news! YALLFEST has created a new Ebay store and will begin posting fun items there tomorrow morning beginning at 9 AM PST. They will be selling things such as YALLFEST tickets, signed books by some of the awesome authors who attended, and more. The situation in the Philippines is dire and even the hospitals are running out of food to give their patients. This is a very small way you could help by buying a signed book you are sure to love! All the money is being donated to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns to go toward relief efforts. Please be sure to make bids tomorrow! I will be scouting out the items and sharing anything that looks awesome on Twitter. You can find the store by CLICKING HERE.