Whatta ya know? Another mini review revival post!
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
I loved the blurb for this book. Anything with the description, "sharp and cheeky 12 year old" is always fair game for me and I have to say... I just really enjoyed this novel. Mary O'Hara, the main character is every bit as feisty and "cheeky" as the blurb promises and she's such a fun character. The whole mother-daughter bit was adorable and I guess the main thing about this novel is that it's not a really serious book, it's not a huge "thinking" novel, overall it's just a really fun read. I liked the setting and the fact that these characters were Irish... a nice little break from all the books set in U.S.
Exiled by J. R. Wagner
Oh. my. word. Do you see that cover? Isn't it marvelous? It's absolutely gorgeous. And you know what? Wagner's world is just as gorgeous! The writing was superb, the world-building was fantastic and the entire magic thing is so complex, it was at times hard to follow. Regardless of the complexities in the novel, it's still a beautiful, thrilling ride the entire time. This novel was a wonderful YA read... I would highly recommend this one!
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
This was one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2012. This cover is gorgeous and it leaves SO much to the imagination. Like...whats up with the lightning? Why is the street in rubbles? What is this chick doing?! Ahh. I couldn't wait to dive into this one. There were quite a few things I liked and several things I didn't. Firstly, I loved the premise that Mia, the main character is repeatedly struck by lightning that effectively turns her into somewhat of an obsessive lightning addict or something. Such a unique premise for a YA novel! I wanted to love Mia as much as the premise but I just couldn't. For some reason her personality fell short for me. Something that REALLY bothered me about the novel was the whole foundation for the cults and premise is that it's built around religious themes. I felt that the religious overtones were not needed to build up this world and it was way too much. I really did like the premise, the setting, the whole "idea" of everything. I'm just not sure the execution was perfect. I would have liked to see this novel go in a different direction, but Bosworth's writing definitely made me want to read more from her.
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
I have to admit something extremely nerdy right now...I'm such a sucker for "book club" type of books. I mean in that the whole premise is centered around a book club theme. Why do I love this you ask? Well because I feel like my life is kind of book club 24/7! I'd heard that this was a "fun, beachy type of read," and that's exactly what it was. I would say that this book is this generations "Breakfast Club" type of story in book form. 4 girls, all dislike each other at first, but despite their differences, learn to somewhat get along. Sprinkle in some mother-daughter relationship stuff and you have a perfectly fun beach read. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone, regardless of age, would enjoy reading this novel.
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
Well, with a cover like that... one would expect a fun, summer read. Before I even started this one, I had a feeling by the title and blurb it would be a coming-of-age story. However, I wanted more Now and Then type of story and what I got was disappointment. There was entirely too much telling and hardly any showing...I found myself highlighting section after section of sentences that were all telling and no showing. Sigh. Also... very predictable story with a very predictable character. If you're looking for a light, fluffy beach read...this might be a book for you. It wasn't my cup of tea however.
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Okay, so I actually LOVE and HATE this cover. Haha...I know, that's weird. But seriously. It's very pretty and sensual and I love the title font and the little attention to detail. I love the coloring of the lips and the closed eyes. At the same time...I always get distracted that I can kind of see up her nose and then the attraction of the cover gets lost. But anyways. The story inside... it was... alright for me. I think mostly because historical fiction novels are always hit and miss for me. I usually either LOVE the book or I don't like it very much. This one was almost an in-between which makes this review hard to write. I'm not very knowledgable about the time period this book was set in nor am I all that familiar with King Henry (I skipped A LOT of my history classes...oops). I know enough to either be intrigued or not interested. I thought the naming of characters was kind of ironic, (Kitty and Cat... get it?) although I know they supposed to be real people. The characters were hard for me to feel invested in, I thought some of the pacing was a little on the slower side and by the end, I kind of felt apathetic towards the characters and the premise. What I LOVED about the novel was Longshore's ability with words. Holy cow. There were some really beautiful lines in this novel that really spoke to me. I just wish they would have spoken louder and allowed me to have more confidence in the story.
**I received this book free from the publisher through www.netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.