Friday, January 20, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer, released January 3, 2012

Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopian

Read, January 2012

4 Stars

My Review:
This was an unusual book. If you are looking for unusual, then this is it. Cinder is a cyborg. There are androids, port screens, hover crafts, and the plague. This is supposedly a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. To me, it was completely different. Yes, there are elements of the story that you could parallel to Cinderella. I kept trying to figure out where the story was going to go based on the Cinderella story I am used to. But every time I did, I was wrong. So I would not call it a Cinderella story.

What I would call this book is an interesting sci-fi story that I've never encountered before. Did I love this book? No. It was a little too sci-fi for me, with technical terms that I didn't really care about. Did I like it, a lot? Yes. Mostly because it was different and kept me on my toes.

Warnings: none

I would let my 13 year old daughter read this.

Two friends met the author, Marissa Meyer, at the Provo Library.

Here are their posts about it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver, released Feb. 1, 2011

Young Adult, dystopian

Read, January 2012

4 Stars

My Review:
This book had a lot of ideas for me to ponder. There were some lines in it that really struck a cord with me. Is love good or bad? Are we better for having it in our lives? Several different relationships were used to explore the idea of love. I especially enjoyed the chapter headings which gave insight into the fundamental ideas that the characters have.

Warnings: Minimal foul language, teens lying and sneaking around to get what they want.

I would cautiously let my 13 year old read this. I would definitely have a discussion with her about not breaking so many rules to get what she wants.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

City of Lost Souls!

Check out the cover to Cassandra Clare's City of Lost Souls. This is one I am looking forward to reading this year.

Here is the cover reveal and an excerpt from the book.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison, published 2009

Young Adult, fairytale-ish

Read January 2012

4 Stars (see right side for ratings)

My Review:
This was a joy to read. It was fun and quirky. One of my favorite parts of this book was the "letters" written by the fairies and leprechauns. The author put in great pop culture references with her homage to the fairy tales. Very enjoyable.

Warnings: None

I would let my 13 year old read this.