Tuesday, December 29, 2009
At any rate, we came up with two of them, both of which we've already read and enjoyed. We can't decide, so you get to vote. The first is this one:
It's a story about the German occupation of the island of Guernsey in the English Channel during WWII. It's not a YA book, per se, but it was clean and we read it aloud on a road trip. It's written as a series of letters, which is kind of different. We LOVED the characters and the story was fun and entertaining (which is not what you expect from a WWII story). We loved it.
The other book is this one:
It's written from the perspective of a fifteen year old girl going to a special private school that trains girls to be spys. We thought the writing style was kind of fun. It's more a "teenage" book than the other one, but even Sam enjoyed it almost as much.
I'll take votes until Friday morning, then I'll post the winner.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I have read every book since I joined this steenking group and I have loved every last one. Some I loved because I could secretly mock shallowness, some I loved because of how much others hated them, and some I loved because reading keeps me sane.
I am always out of book ideas and right when I am at my wit's end with the local library (waiting on book numero tres of The Lightening Thief which I voted against but totally regret now because they are the most awesome books ever) I come to this site and I see a new read waiting for me. Lately I have taken to reading both the also-ran as well as the final choice and I have not been let down yet.
I am frequently unavailable during the Sunday evening discussions but always go back and read to see your witticisms and keen eye to character development (as in "doyee he was totally, like, hot") and plot analysis ("lamerz!!") and reference to body parts (--reference deleted--)
I am writing this post because I missed my post on Hush Hush and I wanted to steal some time in honor of the season.
I have been insane and my only reprieve from the world is reading so graciasthanksmucho to all of you and most especially jepsy for the creation of this intellectual club of ladies and gent.
Monday, November 30, 2009
It can't compare to "Twilight," but let's face it, nothing can. With that being said, I'd like to introduce our next book, "The Age of Innocence"
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Patch no sexy
Nora me no get her
Vee no interesting
Elliot no scare me
Jules not so mysterious
Now the waitress from Blind Joe's cafe.....there's a character I could get into.
I will be back in a few. I have to go scrape the "road" off of me from driving 7 hours in traffic back from LV hanging with Jespy.
Gross. I feel like a fallen angel.
^^Please enjoy some music whilst reading my review of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
Total knock-off, who?
Total knock-off of Twilight, but I still kinda liked it.
Let’s check out the premise:
Nora Grey (an average girl who’s neglected by her mom, clumsy in Gym class, and bad at softball) has a new, mysterious partner in biology class. She’s intrigued by him, but also, instinctively afraid of him. When he displays some inhuman-like behavior, Nora goes home and consults Google… but instead of googling the obvious (vampires), she googles “fallen angels”, cuz… um… this book is about fallen angels, not vampires. Ahem.
Patch, the fallen-angel-tu
And so the lion fell in love with the lamb. What a stupid lamb. What a sick masochistic lion.
There were no vampires, no werewolves, and no Phoenix natives in Hush Hush, but there were enough similarities to Twilight to make me wonder what the H Ms. Fitzpatrick was trying to pull. She had to know that she was writing to a “Twilight audience”. Was she hoping a bunch of similarities would work in her favor?
Because it totally worked against her. It forced me to compare the two books… and Patch is no Edward.
Last time someone was named Patch, it was this guy:
Perfect name for clown-doctor, but not so good for a “sexy” fallen angel. Although, I think a well-developed,
The whole “fallen angel” concept could have been better developed. I had questions about Patch. What had he been doing for the last hundred years? Where did he live? What did do all day? How did he earn a living? All that was mentioned was that he used to box, and now he played pool for money. Is that it? He's just a hustler? I also didn't understand why he suddenly fell in love with Nora. Did he imprint on her or something? Cuz if he did, I wish Ms. Fitzpatrick would have just come out and said it.
Nora’s thought process was sometimes confusing and convoluted. I didn’t always understand her motives either. But other than that she was all right.
Despite all the above, I very much enjoyed reading Hush Hush. I could tell because I didn’t want to put it down, and when I had to put it down, I looked forward to picking it up again and continuing where I left off. It wasn’t dull, it wasn’t bogged down with too much description. The dialog flowed well. It had a fast enough pace. I think it had more potential than it lived up to, and I think that removing the Twilight parallels would have helped, but overall, it was a decent read.
I’ve decided that finishing a book in one or two days means nothing, cause that’s proving to be the standard amount of time for me. I used to think that if I finished it that fast – it was really good. This time, it was cause I knew I needed to read it and I just wanted to get it over with.
Things that annoyed me; the horrible familiarity I felt this book drew toward Edward and Bella - like Nora and Patch meeting in class, black eyes, dark and mysterious…blah blah blah. I’m sorry, but nobody can use that again and make it better or more original. I hated that Nora was at home alone all the time. At night? What the? She’s a 16 year old girl out in some farmhouse. That was dumb. Her friend was annoying. Vee was a troublemaker, and she was a snotty snot at school. I couldn’t stand that Coach was having that discussion in class about attraction – but seemed to only be aware of three kids in the classroom. Anyway – I could go on and on with one detail after another, but that would take a long time.
The plot was weak. The characters were under-developed and annoying. I really really really wanted to like Patch. I wanted to enjoy the brief, and unfinished, steamy moments between he and Nora. But, I just couldn’t feel it. He was so weird and disrespectful in one moment and then pushing her toward sex the next. The other two boys, Elliot and Jules were irritating too. So arrogant and not really connected to anything until the very end. How did the prior ‘suicide’ of the other girl have ANYTHING to do with anything? It never got really tied in. It was simply thrown in there so Nora would have something to feel suspicious about. And, srsly – she took herself into Seattle, I mean Portland, so she could investigate the murder herself? She wandered into some stupid alleyway alone? She took off her coat and hat and gave them to a stupid baglady? I kept waiting for Patch to come screaming around the corner in his silver Volvo to save her. At the end, when she’s in the ballet studio, I mean school gym and she throws herself from the rafters…but there’s nothing broken and her mom is so disconnected. I don’t know. It’s all so weird. The cops show up and Nora manages to LIE again and get away with it, AGAIN. And the cops are all interrogating her without an adult present. I can’t stand it.
In the end, I was hoping Elliot had killed Vee so I didn’t have to listen to her anymore. I didn’t care if Nora and Patch were together. I didn’t particularly like the religious references and fallen angel stuff. Ugh.
I say we get the chat over quick and then get right into what we get to read this month. Really, tho. I mean NO disrespect to the book chooser. I picked The Girl Who Could Fly after all.
Oh - and amen to Landee. Shirtless werewolves are my new fav thing. Buff. Cut. Wet in the rain.
"Long, lean muscles down his arms, broad but relaxed shoulders, and a smile that was part playful, part seductive." Oh baby.
Not only does the word feel gross coming off the tongue when you say it, it conjures up undesirable images.... the nicotine patch to help you stop smoking, eye patches, ugly things to cover holes in knees, Madge on The Office (she works in the warehouse) that Michael Scott keeps calling Patch, things that go on scout uniforms that I hate sewing on, that guy with the pockmarks who was on Days of Our Lives for a while. So basically, nothing sexy. And the history behind his name was beyond lame. ::say the following in your "dumb guy" voiced:: "Uh, yeah, Patch kept getting in fights and I had to keep patching him up. Get it? Get it??" ::badumbump ching!:: Dumb.
Also, the characters were predictable. Even though I didn't exactly know how it was going to all play out, I knew Patch was good and Jules would eventually be the bad guy. Becca tried to make him inconspicuous but I was on to her & her little trick. And what is with that mom leaving Nora home alone all week? I mean, really? THAT is your option? No. I don't believe it.
All that being said, I found the book to be an enjoyable read. Once I was into it I was into it. I can see where the Twilight parallels could be drawn by simply taking out the vampire and putting in the fallen angel but I didn't find it to be embarrassingly so. If only they'd have met in another class besides Biology, fhs. Again, Ms. Fitzgerald, there is English, History, Algebra....take your pick. Biology has been done before. Don't. <-----::wondering why the editors didn't say this.
Am I hot for Patch? No.
Do I like Nora? No.
Was it quasipredictable? Yes indeedy.
Did I find the storyline to be compelling anyway? I say B-.
Do I wish there were shirtless werewolves? Doyeeeeeee.
1. How does Nora feel when she and Patch are first paired up in biology class? Would their paths have crossed otherwise? How different—or similar—are Patch and Nora below the surface?
2. What draws Nora to Patch? How much of it is physical? How much of it is destiny? Should she have tried to fight the attraction?
3. Why does Elliot help Jules/Chauncey? Why does Vee defend the two Kinghorn boys? Are they equally responsible for what happens?
4. How is Patch’s relationship with Nora different from the relationship that got him expelled from Heaven? Why was he so resistant to becoming a guardian angel? Where do you think Patch and Nora’s relationship will go?
5. Why does Jules/Chauncey hate Patch so much? Is his anger justified?
6. What role does Nora’s father play in her life? In what ways does his death make her more resistant to the supernatural beings in her life? In what ways does it make her more open to them?
7. Nora needs to take iron pills when she’s under stress to combat her anemia. Why do you think that the author chose this ailment for Nora? What does the iron symbolize?
8. Why do the various angels control Nora’s mind? How does this make her feel? Do you think events would have played out differently if she’d told more people what she was experiencing?
9. What does Dabria want from Nora? What does she want from Patch? Why is she an important character?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The first pick is:
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
I bought this book last week and read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. It's the first in a series but none of the other books are out yet and the first book doesn't leave you hanging.
2nd book choice is:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
This is the first in a series of five books. You gize don't have to read all 5 books this month but they are pretty easy reads so it wouldn't be that hard for those of you that wanted to and were up to the challenge. I've read the first two and loved them, they are kind of Harry Potteresque.
The first book is being made into a movie that is coming out later this year. Here is the preview which kind of explains what the book is about.
The series has great reviews on Amazon.com and also got good reviews from Stephenie Meyer herself:
"If you're looking for some beach reading, you might try Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series if you haven't already. My son finally finished book five yesterday so I could read it today. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic series. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Riordan!"
Okay so those are the choices, just put your vote in the comment section and I'll tally 'em up tomorrow. I'm so excited to find out what it will be.
I loved the concept of a post-apocolyptic village surrounded by zombies. The sisterhood was intriguing; especially when it appeared they were keeping some very big secrets. The first several chapters opened up so many questions and I couldn't wait to have them all answered.
- Why didn't the sisterhood tell everyone in the village about Gabrielle?
- Were they the ones responsible for her becoming a zombie?
- Why was Gabrielle a super fast zombie?
- How did the zombies breach the village defenses?
Then when Travis gets infected I think, OK, maybe they will discover a cure or something, but then when Mary cuts his head off... Ugh. What a stupid, stupid book. I thought maybe the author might try and redeem herself with a sequel or two, but after reading Sarah's review I guess that's out as well.
I now realize that every death in this book... Mary's Mother, sister-in-law, boyfriend(?); even Gabrielle... were totally pointless. There was no moral to this story, no growth, no triumph, just a bunch of depressing drivel.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth... I'll be trying to wash it off my hands and pick it from my teeth for weeks to come.
There was so much hype floating around the Internet about this book before it was released, I was really excited about reading it. I even marked my calender for its release date and bought it the day it came out. The concept was interesting, the conflicts between the characters were thrilling, the book started off fast, and it was hard to put down.
So why didn't I like this book? Because it had so much potential, but it completely failed to live up to that potential. Eeek's review summed up my feelings exactly. The characters were continually thrown into potentially interesting conflicts, yet the conflicts would always be resolved in the most uninteresting ways. There was zero chemistry between Mary and Travis, yet the author continued to push that relationship. I'm sure the author intended the ending to be tragic, but it was just horrible. For an ending to be tragic, we have to care about the characters. Travis was so dull and two-dimensional, that I was relived when he died. Mary was so self-centered and unlikeable, that I didn't care if she lived or died. I could not relate to her internal struggles, and the fact that she would put her need to see the ocean over everybody else in her life, made me want to slap her.
What a disappointment.
I felt like I hardly got to know Mary before everything fell apart. I was thoroughly annoyed by the reaction of family and friends when her mother died. Her brother was the biggest jerk ever. Her friends didn’t come to see her. Harry didn’t speak for her. Geez. Then, later when they all needed her help and stuff they were crappy about it and she didn’t even really stick up for herself.
Every time it seemed she was going to settle in and deal with something for a while, she’d freak out and throw herself into some reckless thing, like busting down that door to get into the really dark scary tunnel. Or sneaking into Travis’s room. Loved that little paragraph of her getting off the bed, btw. Steamy. Or, was the steamy just that one sentence?
Anyway, some of it was exciting. Some paragraphs I kind of para-read. It was quick. I’m curious to find out what happens now that she’s in some lighthouse with a stranger. And good riddance to the Sisterhood. They were creepy.
I think this story had some real potential to be great. There was something about it that kept me reading and I finished it in about two days. They shouldn't have killed off Travis. They should've focused more on the sisters and the secrets they kept since she spent so much time building it up. I was also disappointed that she didn't learn more about the girl from the outside. The fact that the book left me hanging at the end didn't really help much either. Over all I liked the book enough to read the sequel and find out what happens next. Till next time:
Oh yeah and the book choice for November should be up by midnight tonight: brace yourselves.
I had to keep reading! It started out being a very interesting story and I had to keep reading because I wanted to know all the answers. Plus it totally reminded me of "The Village".
Mary crawling over Travis.
First half, I was feeling some hope that it was some awful joke on "them"...Like "The Village".
Mary had a chance to see what was outside of the village...only because I wanted to know what was outside.
Glad Mary made it to the beach...all by herself without any loved ones with her and no hope for actual happiness....she totally deserved that...
2nd most depressing book EVER! (The Road being the first)
I wanted her to kill herself.
Couldn't stop thinking about how I would kill myself if I was a character in that story because it's so completely hopeless.
The Forest of Hands and Feet according to Cristin