Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I thought it was okay/pretty good. For what it was written for (a young adult novel about a girl with raging hormones and keen intuition) it wasn't that bad. I only marked a few places where the writing offended me. This sentence drove me crazy, "After scrutinizing herself in the mirror and noting the dark circles beneath her eyes, she once again thought about how badly she wanted to crawl back beneath the mound of already cooling blankets that covered her bed like an inviting nest" (pg 6). Um, okay. Also the dialogue from Greg Ambrose to Violet on page 67 didn't sound like dialogue at all--just information worked into dialogue. "When you were little, we were worried when you first started finding dead animals....blah, blah, blah." Changing point of view on page 302 was a little disjointing, "Claire wanted so badly to join in on the catty conversation, but she was terrible at finding other people's flaws...still she gave it her best shot." Then there were those sentences that just didn't make sense. These sentences usually occurred when Jay and Violet were making out. It was so confusing I couldn't even picture what the heck those two love birds were doing exactly--which was totally okay with me, btw. The adverbs also got to be a little much. On pages 306-307 I read nine adverbs: momentarily, instinctively, casually, perfectly, immediately, thoughtfully, really, tightly, and violently." I just wanted to say, "Ok, ok, I get it, I get it."
I started reading this book on an airplane with my head still lost somewhere on a beach in the Caribbean. So, I was g.l.u.e.d. our entire flight and finished the book before we landed in Denver. Big switcheroo from everybodieshappyandonvacation to findingdeadbodiesandbeingchasedbyadoodincamoduds. Wow! I was a little excited to read something with some good 'snogging' and teenage love. I'm so getting too grown up tho, cause I kept thinking, "They're letting them be ALONE like that in her BEDROOM all the TIME like this???" "Don't they know what teenagers like to DO when they're alone all the time in their bedrooms?"
I loved the way the book switched between the girl and the bad guy. He was way creepy and all that, but the suspense of trying to guess who he was chasing down and hearing his thoughts made the book more compelling. I found myself anxious for his next chapter - like staring at a train wreck. I didn't put too much thought into the teamed up bad guys. Fargo was like a bad guy team. There have certainly been other examples of that. Creepy doods find eachother - and watch eachother's backs and stuff. I think. Well....anyway.
I thought the end, when she was on crutches at the prom, I mean homecoming dance was WAY predictable and then the lame deserted bathroom and blahblahblah. I was very relieved that Jay wasn't the one that got shot at the end. He wouldn't have been bitter dandelions anyway. He would have been more like oranges or candy canes or...nevermind. Don't ask.
Can't wait for the discussion. Whenever it is. And I'm excited for you all to meet my younger sis. I LOVE that she's out of school for the summer and can actually read for her own entertainment.
P.S. Markie - can't wait to hear how you came across this book.
My seester-StandsMom-recommended this book to me and I was desperate to read something other than dental histology, so I read this book in less than two days about three weeks ago. I was entertained and rather enjoyed the book. What I thought was good about the book was: easy read, suspensful, loved the teenage romance, and loved the idea that Violet had this creepy "talent" to find dead things.
What I didn't like was: Violet annoyed me in some parts but then again she is a teenage girl, and I didn't like that there were two killers-totally lamerz!
I'm looking forward to the second book and hope it's as entertaining as the first.
For me, the term “easy read” means more than just that a book has easy vocabulary, concept, or plot. An “easy read” is a page turner. A book is only easy to read if I don’t want to put it down every few pages. Conversely, a book (which may have simple vocab, concept, or plot) that I constantly want to put down, is a hard read.
I just wanted to clear that up before I describe this book as an “easy read.” I don’t want anyone to misunderstand and think I am simply describing the text.
So, it's an easy read. I finished it fast, and I enjoyed reading it. Much of it was indulgent nonsense, but the characters were well-developed, and the relationship between Violet and Jay was fleshed out—litrly. Plus it had that awesome levi-lovin scene that was described in intricate detail, leaving nothing up to the imagination. (Keep your children away from this book. And keep them away from my review too, for good measure.)
My favorite scene was when Jay and Violet’s dad had that mysterious murmured convo over the dinner table and then shook hands, right before Jay took Violet up to her room. This is my guess:
Jay—“Permission to grind with your daughter, sir.”
Jay—“Great. We’ll be up in her room, on her bed. If you must check on us, knock first, K?”
Dad—“Sounds like a reasonable request. Have fun you two.”
These are some things I didn’t like:
All those details about the homecoming dance were indulgent nonsense and only reminded me that this book was written for teenage girls who go googoogaga for that stuff.
Violet’s decisions at the end (such as using the far away empty bathroom at the dance) were silly nonsensical rubbish and pulled me right out of the story so I could roll my eyes.
The twist was unbelievable. I also didn’t buy the killer’s decision to kill again when the cops already “had their guy.” He was in the clear. Just didn’t make sense for him to go after Violet, regardless of his suspicions.
Silly ending or not, I still had fun reading this book. Thanks for the pick, Markie!*My appearance at the discussion tonight will be spotty. I apologize in advance!
What I liked:
It was another easy, entertaining read that required very little brain power to enjoy. I thought the pace was nice, and the story flowed along easily without getting bogged down in a bunch of descriptive details. I like that nobody’s hair was the color of lemon, nobody’s eyes were gangly, and that Violet’s parents, aunt & uncle and their kids, and her boyfriend Jay weren’t blown to bits by a bomb.
What I didn't like:
I think she could have built the suspense more; put Violent in a little more danger for a longer period of time. I was never really too concerned for her safety. I wanted her in the shower with the killer creeping up the stairs; or maybe sitting in her uncle’s police cruiser when she realizes HE is the killer. And the whole second serial killer twist deserved a big “Oh, c’mon, gimme a break”. I knew when she caught the first killer so early in the book, and without much effort or danger that there had to be more to the story, and I hoped for something more ingenious and different than just the same plot line repeated twice.
It’s a lot of pressure choosing a book for this group. I hope you were at least entertained for a little while.
This book had potential to be a good book in a different sort of way, maybe if the author had an adult with her who could help her out a bit.
* Jay is really good at putting band-aids on booboos.
* Violet is so pretty and she doesn't even know it you gize.
* Jay and Violet's dad shook on something and we'll never know what it was. But, here's my guess... See, Jay was trying to keep watch over Violet and he also needed to study and work his job so he could save up for a fancy car, like a
* After making his caffeine quitting pact with Violet's dad, he proceeded to then make out with Violet.
I had the best time reading this book, and for that, I owe you big time Markie!
kept me interested
likable characters (if you go for the overly humble, incredibly clumsy girl ::clearing throat:: Bella)
a PARTNER for those murders?! SRSLY?
yeah, it jumped the shark for me at that point and I didn't like it after that
Markie, it was a great read for this month, a good change up of style and emotional investment. I'm sorry I won't be attending the discush tonight. But thanks for hosting and choosing this book.
Friday, May 28, 2010
In the mean time... Have you seen this cheesy video trailer for the book?
There are no current plans to make a movie that I am aware of.
If you'd like to check out the authors web site, Click Here.
There is a brief bio and Q & A here. She is working on a sequel to The Body Finder called Desires of the Dead.
To visit her blog click here.
And finally, an interview with the author can be found here.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Cuz I'm a giver like that.
I really think you're gonna like this one, but I do have to give a little "Reader Discretion Advised" warning: it does contain some language. There's some "A" words, some "B" words, some "C","D", and "E" words, and maybe even an "F" word or two. It also has a healthy dose of gratuitous snogging, along with murder most foul.
Having said that, I wouldn't recommend it if it was excessively graphic. It is a Young Adult book, and I'd put it in the PG-13 category. Still, if you have younger readers that like to read what Mom's reading (sorry Meghan), you might want to read it yourself first, and then decide if it's appropriate for your kid. I do have an alternate recommendation for anyone that is worried about the above advisory.
Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes
I just read about it in the "Books" section of our Sunday paper. The plot line sounded amazingly similar to The Body Finder, but it was written by an LDS author, and the reviewer called it "a clean, enjoyable read".
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Adventure! Intrigue! Warring nations! Murdered kings and kidnapped princes! Seers! Swords! Grown men crying! Grown men requesting friendship in exchange for swords!
What’s not to love about this book?
And according to most reviews floating around the WWW, I’d say this is a much beloved book for many many people. Me, on the other hand, thought it was just aight.
There were several little annoyances in the book that I could forgive, if it weren’t so poorly written. For me, the writing made it fall flat. Large chucks of the story were simply “told” to us. I like to see my stories happen. Most of the characters felt two-dimensional to me, with the exception of Landon. In fact, whenever the POV switched to Landon, the story would come alive. When Landon freed the thieves and made them his band of merry men, when he stole the sword, when he blew up the ships… those were by far the most exciting parts of the book. Had the whole story been told from his POV, I think I would have loved it. Alas, t’was not.
Oh yeah. Sword.
(I ended my review with sword, just like the book did.)
10. It was readily available at my local library. Several copies. No wait.
9. After some fairly hard-hitting historical fictions, it was lovely to sit and read a great adventure full of villains, heroes and a fiery redhead.
8. I loved the names in this story. Sometimes these types of book have the lamest names (Po comes to mind) but this one was perfect. Kareed, Torina, Vesputo, Andris, Glavenrell…they were all a little quirky but believable for the supposed time period.
7. I love a good thief. Especially one that uses his talents for good.
6. It was refreshing to have the “good” people be good and the “bad” people be bad. It continued to be exciting without any forced twists or outlandish backstabbing.
5. Though it was amazing how all of these characters’ paths crossed, Torina and Landen worked their way up to the High King, etc. it was all believable and made perfect sense.
4. I had two people to crush on: Bellanes and Dahmis. I guess I’m attracted to the strong, honorable and smart types.
3. When Landen swooped in at the end, knocked out Torina and hauled her off on her horse it reminded me of The Princess Bride. ← no greater compliment can I give.
2. It’s always nice to see the heroine save the day at the end as Torina did (with the skills Landen had taught her). It’s like it all came full circle.
1. No icky love scenes.
Toooootal jaykay on that last one. That was the worst part!! I needed some hands traveling up thighs and some heaving chests or something! But no….clean as a whistle, this book. ::sigh::
My only other complaint would be that I felt like the author didn’t trust her readers to connect the dots on their own. Something would happen and then a paragraph of italics would be inserted representing the character’s thoughts. These italics would re-explain all that had just happened and what we were supposed to learn from it. Landee wanted to be given more credit from the author. She can make connections just fine on her own thankyouverymuch!
But all in all a great, light read full of adventure and mystery. I can see a nerdy little 13 year old girl really diggin’ it. Especially if she’s a red-head.
There is no way she'd race to save him from falling off a cliff.
This is how they usually are:
So I had a hard time getting into the beginning with them being so young and "deep".
My favorite line of the whole book:
"Torina was alone with the empty shell of Ancilla's body. She buried her head in the worn-out bosom." What was Gramere doing to wear out her bosom? I think there was more going on in that castle than we were made privy to.
It really was a quick read. I liked the general story line, but there was just a little too many things going on, and all really quickly.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
1) Tomorrow evening 9 pm PT
2) Tomorrow evening 8 pm PT with someone else moderating (I won't be to my hotel by then)
3) Next Sunday at 8 pm PT which will get us behind for next month.
Again, sorry for my slackerhood.