Thursday, February 25, 2010

Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Grade: Good

Aaaaahhhh!!! It's not the last one in the series! It ends on a horrible cliff hanger! No fair!!!
How long?
How long?!?!?!

Dandelion Fire

by N. D. Wilson

Grade: Good

The stuff about the dandelion fire itself, and the stuff like that, was awsome and mysterious. That made it Good. Otherwise, it might be All right, simply because it takes place in Kansas. (Grrr, I'm biased, aren't I?) Well, it might not only be that. The parts I didn't find interesting remind me of the parts I didn't find interesting in Gideon the Cutpurse. And I'm not totally sure what the uninteresting element is.


by Neal Shusterman

Grade: Good

It was a bit weird to think of Pro-lifers going to war like that. I know some of them would, and there've been fanatics. But it would be rather ridiculous to assume they all would. The ones I know certainly wouldn't, and I know a lot. I'm also not totally sure how theologically correct some of it is.
But anyway.
It was totally gripping. Read it easily in a night. And creepy. In a good way.

Hell Week

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Grade: Good

Strangely different from how I remembered the first book in this series though. (Prom Dates from Hell, it was called.) I thought her love interest was quite different and interesting, and it turned out he was quite usual and boring (to my weird mind, at least). And I thought there was an old guy who helped her too, or something. And old woman, maybe? Oh, well there was her Gran... maybe that's what I was thinking of...

Anyway, besides her love interest, it was very interesting. Good series. Looking forward to the next one.

EDIT: Ok, I know why it was so different than the first one. Because the first one that I was thinking of wasn't the first one at all, but Devilish by Maureen Johnson.

Gideon the Cutpurse

by Linda Buckley-Archer

Grade: All right

It was pretty good, just not as good as I'd hoped. I'm not totally sure why. Maybe the children were too young? Although that didn't stop Narnia from being the best ever. Maybe because Gideon, despite looking and sounding interesting, wasn't really interesting enough?

Anyway, I had been hoping that it would be another awsome trilogy in the line of Bartimeaus or the Warrior Heir series. But it wasn't.

Still, I'll read the next one, I think. The titles just sound so cool, that I can't resist.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Juliet Club

by Suzanne Harper

Grade: Unfinished
Read: To page 71, or thereabouts.

Yeah...Giacomo? "[L]eaning against the wall, one ankle crossed over the other, looking completely at ease. He had dark eyes, tousled brown hair, and the classic profile and self-possessed air of a Renaissance prince."

Yeah. And it goes on after that. More of the same. No thanks.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

by Gideon Defoe

Grade: To Own

Totally awsome little book. Emphasis on the "little". It was cute!

Also, I had been worried that it would be anti-Christian, due to Darwin being a character. However, I didn't think it was at all, although there was an evil Bishop.

It was written to impress a girl, apparently. And it's that sort of book.

Cute. Awsome. To Own.

See also the next two books, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling, and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Dragon Heir

by Cinda Williams Chima

Grade: All right

Ok, here's another difference between this trilogy and the last one. The last one ended on the best book by far of the series. This one ends on a good-ish but not great note. Partly because I don't like Maddie very much, I guess. She bored me. Also, Hastings and Linda spent most of the book off stage.
Apparently she wrote another trilogy. I'm not quite as excited about it as any books by Jonathan Stroud.

The Wizard Heir

by Cinda Williams Chima

Grade: Good

This one was definitely better than the last one, and the last one was great. Seph was cooler than Jack, and he was Catholic to boot. (Although, I don't think the author knows a lot about Catholicism. Seph went to Mass every week on a Friday.) And there was more lovely Hastings and Linda goodness.
However, despite not particularily liking the romance in the last one, I liked this one even less. Maddie bugged me.

The Warrior Heir

by Cinda Williams Chima

Grade: Good

Ok, here comes another now finished trilogy of which I have to write the reviews in retrospect. And another trilogy made of awsome. However, in this one, it wasn't the characters which kept me spellbound (well, maybe Hastings and Linda...) but the magical world and the plot.