Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth



In Mary's world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.

The Guardians will protect and serve.

The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

--From Goodreads 



Cover Inspection:
I like this version of the cover because the woman looks haunted!


First Thoughts:
Brainwashed people, trapped. Sounds interesting.


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My Review:

Close your eyes. Now think of the movie "The Village". Open. Now read this book.

You will see some pretty striking similarities between that movie and this book! I noticed this the moment I opened the pages, and I wondered if it would be a good trait or a bad trait in this story.

I warn you now, the beginning of this book is fairly slow. It is difficult to say whether or not the first few chapters were so necessary to the overall story. If they hadn't been there, you wouldn't know so much about Mary and the people around her. I suppose they also add to the overall shroud of mystery that surrounds their little village, and that is important. However you must keep trudging through those first few chapters because it is not until after this that the story gets interesting.

Unconsecrated = Zombie Apocalypse! That is probably the best part of this whole story. There was more blood and gore in this book than I expected, but it didn't overwhelm. Instead it made the world that surrounded Mary even more vivid. I could almost feel myself as part of her village, constantly afraid of the threat on the other side of the fence.

Mary was an okay protagonist. I can honestly say that sometimes I felt like jumping into the book and shaking some sense into her. She is one of those characters that is will to sacrifice so much for a dream, but on her it is not as endearing as it sounds. There were a few times that this book almost got set aside, just because I was so frustrated at the choices that she was making, not just for herself but for everyone around her. However there are also times when she is so brave and true. Again, I suppose this makes her character true to life.

Overall I a little torn about how I really feel about this book. I didn't blindingly dislike it, but I didn't fall in love with it like some others did either. It takes it place in the "just so" pile of my books.









Book Details
Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: Hardcover; 308
Source: Borrowed from library


Final Rating: 2 Keys to My Heart
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Book Blogger Hop 4/30

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books so that readers and bloggers can visit one another and get to know new blogs!


In Jennifer's words:
This is a weekly event where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It's a great way to network with other bloggers and make new friends! Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


This is the first time I am participating and I am really super excited! If you want to participate too, head over to the Blog Hop and have some fun! Thanks for stopping by visitors!

Tech Talk for Book Bloggers! Round 2!

I had pretty good feedback on last week's post, so I thought I'd give it another go!

I didn't see a meme for this yet, so I decided to test this out and see how people respond. If you'd like to participate at all, please feel free to leave me a link in the comments and I'll go and visit your post!


I hope for Tech Talk to be a way for book bloggers to talk about the technology out there that helps us feed our habit, whenever and wherever!
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This week's feature is:
The Gimble Hands Free Book Holder


Now I can honestly say I haven't been lucky enough to get my hands on one of these yet, although it is on my wishlist!

What I really like about this is the way the book is held open when you place the holder on. It isn't laid flat, but instead at a nice reading angle for both pages. This would be great for reading while you are eating lunch, doing dishes, or any other handheld activities! (And don't tell me that's just me...all us crazy bibliophiles do it!)

The only problem I forsee, and someone did mention this in the reviews, is turning the pages. If you are a quick reader that might be bothersome. However like I mentioned in my Light Wedge Review it is totally something that you could get used to!

So here is what I gather from reading the reviews:

Pros:
* Lightweight and easy to use.
* One package comes with two different sized hooks (small and large)
* Only $7.99 for BOTH hooks!
* Won't damage your book because of natural angle opening.
* Folds us nicely and can be a bookmark when not in use.

Cons:
* Page turning might be a bit difficult.
* Won't hold larger books (review says larger than 5 inches thick).
* Is made out of plastic. (Although it does say durable).

Overall Opinion: Looks like a pretty sturdy and economical product to me! If you are one of those people who reads at all times like I do, I can see how this would be well worth a purchase.

You can click the photo to see more information and place an order. Let me know if you do, and what you think when you try it!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Library Loot (2)


Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair and Marg at The Adventures of Intrepid Reader!

Bloggers are encouraged to share the books they've checked out at the library and give a little insight into why they chose them :).
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Saw Never After sitting on a "The Librarian Recommends" shelf and I thought, hey why not! The cover is lovely, the premise looks amazing, and it counts towards my Speculative Fiction Goal! I honestly don't know how this will be, as this author has never come on my radar yet. Still, I'm excited! Check back for my review! 
The Forest of Hands and Teeth has gotten both stellar and awful reviews. Yup, both! So I decided that this book had to be read. Worse case scenario I dislike it and say so, but what if I totally love it? I know that there are a lot of readers out there who take our opinions (book bloggers that is) really seriously, so I never judge a book before I read it through. If I can't make it through? I say so! 




I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of Need by Carrie Jones this week! I loved this cover, like really loved it and I was so happy! In fact...as I write this I have already read and reviewed it! You can find the review right here my friends! (It was great!)
Finally this week I picked up Wintergirls because every single person I have come across who has read this book has loved it! That and I just love the cover.  Okay yes, sometimes I do judge a book by it's cover...but only positively! 












There you have it!
Again, there are more books on hold for me at the library. I'm trying to convince my library to buy Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis currently...so if they buy it I get to be first to read it! Woot! So there's my library loot! What did you get?


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Book Review: Need


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
I'm loving this cover. It's so...sexy? Is that a good word? Love the glitter!

First Thoughts:
Zara thinks she's being stalked, and I'm apt to agree. I feel bad that no one believes her!

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My Review:
Need is one of those stories that brings together two subplots I have difficulty dealing with separately, in perfect harmony. For anyone who hasn't read this, I don't want to give too much away so I can't really say what they are. However I can tell you that this story is much like Twilight except (I think) much more fun to read!

It is refreshing to see a character like Zara in a story like this. Strong, comfortable in her own skin, brave. She is the type of character that is ready to take on anything to save others. I was smitten with the mention of Amnesty International in this book. I love when characters have causes that they support! Zara's character jumped off the page at me and I followed her happily.

Nick? Hunk. We'll leave it at that. Every book that deals with the paranormal needs at least one literary hunk. Word candy if you will? He's handsome and able to protect Zara at the same time. In my world that makes him one delicious male character!

In the story, Zara has taken to naming phobias as a way to deal with her father's death and everything going on around her. It is actually really fun to learn a new phobia name and cause every time you start a new chapter! I thought this fit in nicely with the overall plot.

I really did like this book. A lot. I cannot wait to read the next one!







Book Details
Title: Need
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Book
Pages: Hardcover; 306
Source: Borrowed from the library

Final Rating:4 Keys to My Heart
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Waiting On Wednesday (2)




"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we share upcoming releases that we just cannot wait for!


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

(Excerpt from Goodreads)

Release Date: August 24, 2010


Oh this is so far away! I've read and loved both of the books before this and my heart aches to find out what happens with Katniss and her crew. Does anyone know where I can find a countdown widget for this? I need to put it on my blog and stare at it longingly everyday until the big day arrives!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:
Standing up for real, I check that the front door is locked in case any serial killers want to stop by and then I peek out the window. The snow covers everything, absolutely everything.

~Page 168 - "Need" by Carrie Jones


I LOVE this book so far. Half of it read, and I started it last night before bed. Bad idea. It is one of those books that you can't put down even when it is 4 am....


You can participate in Teaser Tuesday with or without a blog! To share your own, or read some others, simply head over here.


Monday, April 26, 2010

How reviewing has made me grow as a reader!

So to those of you who have been reading my blog this last week, you know I am fairly new at this whole book blogging thing. I saw so many amazing blogs around me, discussing books, giving them away, sharing the love, and I decided that I wanted to be a part of that too! I couldn't believe how many new books I discovered just from following these blogs. (See my journey into YA here if you want to know how that happened.)

My two loves, books...and yarn.
Right before that, I had set a goal for myself for 2010. My goal was to read and review 20 books for the year. Why only 20 you ask? Well, last year I didn't do very much reading at all. Books and I fell into a breakup period because I was so involved in so many other things and I didn't know how to balance them! So, December came around and I promised myself I would figure things out. I set myself some goals, and off I went!

Oh did it work, now I read up a storm. In fact, I've been reading faster than ever. But I ramble.

Anyway the point of this post is how reviewing has made me grow as a reader. I realized that now I am reading not just to enjoy the story, but I notice things like character growth and climaxes. I find myself enjoying stories more in fact because I can break them down and appreciate every little part.

That...and I used to be a 5 star giver. Yup, one of those notorious people who rated everything fabulous? Reviewing has taught me to look at the story as a whole, and think deeply about it before I give it a rating. It's also taught me how to decide who to recommend it to. In whole, it's taught me a lot!

So to those great book blogs who I strive to emulate...thanks. I appreciate it, and I hope my readers here know that I do my best to be honest and keep you entertained. You are appreciated too!

Book Review: Tithe


Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
The wings on this cover are absolutely gorgeous!

First Thoughts:
Kaye is my kind of girl.

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My Review:

Tithe is a very well put together story. From the first page you are immersed in Kaye's life, and it is truly entertaining. Kaye is a wonderful protagonist! She is unique, sarcastic, tenacious, all the things that I as a reader love about a good character. Each time she stumbles into a problem and emerges unscathed, you can truly believe it. After all, Kaye is written to be totally self-sufficient.

I really enjoyed the other main characters as well. Corny was a great yin to Kaye's yang. One strong, the other wanting to be strong but therein weak. The two of them mesh together beautifully in this story. Roiben was also a fabulous read, and might I say a bit of a literary hunk! You know, the type of character whose description makes you daydream? Ah yes.

My only qualm with this story while reading it, was that it didn't seem to peak at any point. There was no clear climax. I kept waiting for something epic to happen. Waiting for something that sucked me in and made me really want to keep reading. Was the story boring? No! Not at all. However, the lack of a climax made the story kind of flow into itself and, even when the ending was great, I still felt unfulfilled.

Overall though I'd say that Tithe is a great book! The characters are well written, you can relate with them, and the faerie tale itself was wonderful. I recommend Tithe to lovers of all things romance, as well as lovers of modern faerie tales.

If you've read this, feel free to let me know what you thought!










Book Details
Title: Tithe
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: Paperback; 331
Source: Borrowed from library

Final Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

This has been a great first week of book blogging for me! :) I so appreciate the people that host memes so the new guys (aka me) have a chance to visit some great blogs and get visited as well!
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In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. IMM explores the weekly contents of our mailboxes, as well as books we might have bought this week!

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

(Excerpt from Goodreads)




It was a pretty quiet week for my mailbox. I think the mailman is behind because I know for a fact there are at least 3 more books I'm expecting! Hopefully they show up next week :).

To see what I received from the library check out this post



Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Hauntingly appropriate for this title.

First Thoughts:
This is going to be a hard read, I can already tell.

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My Review:

Although I know it could never happen (too many parents wanting to shield their children), I think this book should be read by every teen out there. Yup, every single one.

With Clay as a guide, we find our way through Hannah's life and the reasons why she ultimately decided to end it all. Meeting Hannah through her cassette tapes was so heart wrenching. The raw emotion that emanates off these pages, both from Clay's point of view and Hannah's, is so beautiful and difficult at the same time.

I found myself so angry at Hannah for her choice, but also so angry at everyone else the story revolves around. It only takes one person, just one, to reach out. This story creates a need for each person who reads it to look deep down into their past and come to terms with what led you to this point. What has shaped you, to be you?

I'm sure this review is a bit broken and confusing, but only because that is how I feel after reading this book.







Book Details
Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: Hardcover; 288
Source: Borrowed from the library

Final Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart
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Tech Talk for Book Bloggers!

I didn't see a meme for this yet, so I decided to test this out and see how people respond. If you'd like to participate at all, please feel free to leave me a link in the comments and I'll go and visit your post!


I hope for Tech Talk to be a way for book bloggers to talk about the technology out there that helps us feed our habit, whenever and wherever!
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This week I am featuring the Light Wedge Book Light!

Yes my friends, this is a Light Wedge and recently I was lucky enough to come into contact with not one, but TWO of these lovely technological marvels!

I have both the Original Light Wedge, which fits in most regular sized books, and the Paperback Light Wedge, which fits in...well paperbacks!

When they first arrived, I was like a little kid! I threw open the packaging, put in the batteries and hid under the blankets to test them out. Pretty amazing! Then later that evening after my boyfriend had gone to bed, I put them to the real test in a pitch black bedroom. Still pretty awesome.

Original Light Wedge
Paperback Light Wedge

Pros:
* Only lights up the page you are on, so you don't have a lot of glare coming back at you.
* Uses LED lights, which are bright enough to read but not blinding.
* Fits nicely inside the books when you aren't using it, and comes with a removable page clip so it won't slip out.
* LED lights are bright enough to read, but not so bright that they would wake up a roommate.
* 40+ hours of light come from only 4 AAA batteries.

Cons:
* Original Light Wedge is a bit heavy, so if you read on your back you might get tired after a while.
* Since it only lights up one page, you are constantly moving the light back and forth in your book.
* Position of the LED lights on the smaller models create a wave pattern sometimes on the page, which can be distracting.
* Easily scratched on the surface, acrylic surface needs to be handled gently.

Overall opinion: If you are an avid reader who travels a lot, or who reads at night, this is a great investment! I have tried many book lights and this is the only one so far that I've truly liked.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Review: Wings


Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
I love this cover so very very much. It's too gorgeous for words!

First Thoughts:
Pure magic.

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My Review:
Enchanting. That is the first word that comes to mind to describe this book! Aprilynne Pike weaves a magical story that makes you question what you truly believe in.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was able to incorporate the world of the faeries without seeming too juvenile. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a child's story as much as the next person. However it was refreshing to read a true "faerie tale" from the perspective of a young adult protagonist. Laurel is fun to follow through the story, she has a believable personality, and although she was flitting through a imaginative world you never lost track of her in the real world.

Deep at the heart of the book is a love triangle that shines. It reminded me much of the Twilight Series love triangle, only it was written so much better! Although Laurel is torn, she is an adult enough character that she never seems whiny or obnoxious. That was my biggest issue with Bella in the other series.

The only reason I wasn't able to give this book a full five leaf rating is because the beginning is rather slow. Not so badly that you want to put the book down, but to deter a reader who picked this book up on a whim. Overall I am wholly impressed by Pike's debut novel! I cannot wait to pick up the next one in the series when it comes out!







Book Details
Title: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: Hardcover; 294
Source: Borrowed from library.

Final Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
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The Friday 56 (1): Thirteen Reasons Why




Closest Book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Page 56, sentence 5: "Or what if the opposite happened and I thought we could become friends but she didn't? So many things could have gone horribly wrong."


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
*Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Library Loot (1)


Library Loot is a weekly meme hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair!
Bloggers are encouraged to share the books they've checked out at the library and give a little insight into why they chose them :).

Looked fun so I decided to participate! Oh and I made my own Library Loot picture too. If you decide to participate, feel free to snag it. I think it came out pretty snazzy!

Let's get to it!
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I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher today because I have heard really great things about it! I know it is a sad story at the core, but so many people have given it stellar reviews that I really felt the need to read it myself.


I also picked up Wings by Aprilynne Pike today. It was funny actually because the second book in this series was on someone's Waiting on Wednesday post today and it made me remember I wanted to read it! Lucky for me it was in stock, and I happily took it home.




Lastly, I picked up Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black today. This book has been in my sights for a really long time, but I always managed to forget to get it when I was at the library. Today it was peeking at me from the "Most Popular" section and I squealed with glee when I picked it up. I hope it's great!








That's it for today!

I have more books coming on hold for me, but I am trying to keep it to a four book at a time maximum, so that way it doesn't happen where I flip when they are close to being due. I know we've all had that problem at some point ;).

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (1)


"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we share upcoming releases that we just cannot wait for!


Whisper by Pheobe Kitanidis

I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin… 

Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.



Release Date: April 27, 2010


This is so close that I can taste it and I can't wait! I already have my name down on the waitlist at the library, and with any luck I will have it in my hands by the middle of May. I suppose I could just buy it...hmmm....

Book Review: The Tooth Fairy



Media Type: Print Book
Title: The Tooth Fairy
Author: Graham Joyce
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: Paperback; 320
Release Date: October 15, 1998
Source: Purchased at a thrift store
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Content Screening: Sexual Content

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who are comfortable with sexual situations in a coming of age novel.


Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
The disquietude in Graham Joyce's coming-of-age tale is that of having too much power as a child--the kind of power that turns your slightest wishes into mayhem. This power is granted to the rather ordinary and fearful member (neither the smartest nor the strongest) of a trio of friends growing up in small-town England by his stinky and enigmatic night visitor, the Tooth Fairy. The charm of this British Fantasy Award-winning novel is in his subtle and unsentimental portrait of a supernaturally benighted childhood. As Ellen Datlow writes in Omni, "Joyce immediately hooks his readers from the very first page with a small sharp shock and holds the reader with engaging characters and an air of menace. This tooth fairy is ... mischievous and destructive, representing our own worst aspects.

It is difficult to put into words exactly how I feel about this book.

On the one hand, I thought it was very well written, and that is something that I appreciate in a book. The characters are very easy to relate to, and their individual personalities make them interesting to read about. Sam is the awkward one, Clive the smart one, Terry the athletic one, much like the groups of boys we all knew in school. They play off of one another and make the story flow in a really nice manner.

However I never felt fully immersed in the story. It might be because it centers mainly around the lives of male characters, but I'm not sure that was the only reason. The whole issue of the "Tooth Fairy" was odd and confusing at times. It was hard to see the line between reality and imagination. There were also portions of this book that were just flat out sexual in the oddest way.

I realize that this book is meant to be like the cautionary tales of old. As I said, there are many sexual references in this book (an adult novel to the core) that are important to the overall story, but oddly placed. At its deepest level, this is a book about growing into adulthood and all the trials and tribulations that come along with it. In that respect, yes, it is a very good story. However I cannot give a perfect rating to this book for the above reasons. Still, give it a read if it interests you!



FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My journey into YA and how it relates to this blog!

Since this blog is really new, I thought I'd share a little more about myself with my readers! This post is all about my journey into Young Adult literature.

Let me begin by saying that I am 25 years old. Do I feel old? No. However I do realize that to many people, I am not longer considered to fall into the "Young Adult" category. It's funny really. Ever since I first picked up a YA novel I have been smitten. To me, the best part about this fiction category is that it is so fun to read and crosses all boundaries! It is easy to appreciate a novel about budding romances, even if you have a full blown relationship, because it takes you back to the days when you were just like those characters. Stories about high school remind me of mine. Characters who are best friends make me smile and miss mine!

My reading experience kind of went in a backwards direction. From the first moment I was able to read, I devoured whatever books I was able to get my hands on. Living in a smaller town meant that there wasn't much choice in books to read. Our library was small and I powered through their Children/Teen section in a matter of months. That meant that at age 10 I was reading Grapes of Wrath, Anne Rice novels and Sue Grafton. My mom never censored what I read, only made sure that I understood that these books were FICTION and I needed to view them as such.

In fact I did not even know about the immense world of YA fiction until I was introduced to it by amazing friend Jes. She was studying to be a writer, and was my authority into this amazing category. Armed with her knowledge of The Horn Book, as well as tons of books read under her belt, she introduced me and I fell in love. (Note about Jes, she is currently working on an AmeriCorp farm! Follow her HERE!) As a hopeful teacher candidate, and a person who has worked with kids for many years, I felt like I finally had a way to connect with that part of my kids. Now I read a 50/50 mix of both "adult" and YA novels, and enjoy each and every minute of it!

So no my friends, this is not exclusively a YA book blog. Nor will I ever profess it to be. Instead it is a blend of the two categories, a sweet mash-up of adult and YA novels for your enjoyment! I will always warn you if a book is adult and if it contains sexual themes. I sincerely hope you enjoy being my reader and welcome any and all feedback!

Thanks for listening!

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