Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

YA, Fairy tale, contemporary

Read May 2012

4 Stars

My Review:
This is the second book of the Fairy Godmother books by Janette Rallison.  This book deals with a bit deeper issues in my opinion.  Frankly, I liked it a bit better than the first book because of that.  I found the characters flawed in a way that I was interested in them.  Also there were several solutions to the conflict that the characters had to work through.  I appreciated that there wasn't a straightforward answer.  I think in life it is a difficult lesson to learn that the way we think is right isn't the only way to solve a problem.  And, as a fan of Once Upon a Time on ABC, I liked reading about this version of Rumpelstiltskin.  Overall an enjoyable read.

Warnings: None

My 14 year old read this book before me, so I would recommend it for younger teen readers.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

We all have our own opinions

A few months ago I reviewed an excellent book called Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I gave the book 4 Stars.  My biggest reason for not giving it 5 Stars was the violence.

Part of the purpose of this blog is to warn people of the content of books I have read.  In that spirit, I would like to warn anyone reading this that Insurgent by Veronica Roth is violent.  Frankly I don't know how violent because I put the book down and decided I didn't want to read it.  With Divergent, the violence built to a rebellion of sorts.  Insurgent, as the sequel, picks up a the end of Divergent, with violence.  I thought if it started there, it could only get worse.  I don't know if it did or not, and it is probably a good book in the sense of story.  However, I don't need to read all that violence.  For some, I realize the violence isn't an issue.  That is why we are all allowed our own opinion.

This is my opinion.  I would not allow my 14 year old daughter to read this because I would not read this myself.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Science fiction, romance

Read May 2012

4 Stars

My Review:
The Host by Stephenie Meyer is being made into a movie.  Check out these sites if you are interested.

Stephenie Meyer's Official Website

The Host Lexicon

I first read this book 4 years ago when it came out.  With the book being made into a movie I decided I needed a re-read.
I had forgotten how BIG this book is!  It is heavy, literally, and it is 619 pages.  It took me longer to read this book than most I have been reading lately, mostly because it is just a longer book.  I remembered certain aspects of the story, main characters, plot lines, etc.  This time around it was fun to refresh my memory of the smaller, more intimate moments, and small details.
I really like the characters in this book.  There is a wide variety of personalities and types.  I think we can all identify with someone in this book or know someone like some of these characters.  I find it fascinating that in a way, the "good guys" are the antagonists through much of this book.  And, really the true "bad guys" are not really that bad.  Stephenie Meyer has created a book where most of the characters, good or bad, are in some way likable or relatable.
Another interesting aspect of this book is the location.  Much of the book takes place in Arizona and Stephenie Meyer has captured the feel of her setting well.  Some do not like Stephenie Meyer's writing style.  I can understand that.  I, however, enjoy her writing.
The aspect that captures me the most in this book is the love and hope that the characters share with each other.  Wanderer, the main character, shows a vast amount of love, compassion, and hope.  There are other characters that are likewise, people who have characteristics that I want to emulate.  They are good examples of good human beings.  Now these characters have flaws as well, they are not perfect.  But their unconditional love is definitely something to strive for.

Warnings:  I don't have any specific warnings for this book.  It is more adult, I don't know that teens would appreciate the struggles that the characters face.  But I could be totally wrong about that too.  There may be many teens who can understand the struggles in this book.  Also, there isn't a specific mention of any sex, but it is implied that some of the characters are intimately involved.  And because this is a survival situation, the characters are not married even though they are committed to each other.  So there is premarital sex.

I would let my 14 year old read this book if she was interested, but frankly I don't see her enjoying it at this point in her life.