“Weekly” Recap 3/27/11

Okay, so getting behind on In My Mailbox is not that big of a deal because I can look back at Goodreads and PBS and figure out what I’ve mailed and received.  Getting behind on Weekly Recaps is bad though!  Now I have to remember what I liked or didn’t like about stuff I read a while ago.  Here goes nothing!  This is 3 weeks worth of reading and I’ve been reading a lot trying to win a YA Reading Challenge on PaperBackSwap.

XVI by Julia Karr – Review coming (Debut Author)

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors -This was okay.  It was pretty cute, but not super memorable.  I liked Alice and liked how she was trying to keep everything together.  I was kind of frustrated by how much she didn’t believe Errol was Cupid, especially towards the end.  I thought she was on board and then bam!  She didn’t still didn’t believe.  It got a little old.

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg -This was adorable!  Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite books ever, so I was probably a little bit predisposed to liking it, but I thought it was a lot of fun.  The way the original story was meshed into a new setting was really interesting.  I liked the way the characters were portrayed.  Even though they were basically the same characters, I liked that they weren’t just exact replicas of the original characters.

Me, The Missing, and The Dead by Jenny Valentine – This was just okay.  Lucas was strange and I had a hard time getting really invested in him.  I liked his grandparents the most. (This is a UK author, but I am not counting it towards my UK author total because I started skimming after a while.)

The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson – I loved this!  I liked all three of the sisters, but May the most, followed closely by Palmer.  I loved that they were all named after baseball players. ;)  I laughed with them, I cried with them, but most of all I just loved them.  (Third person limited multi-perspective)

Violence 101 by Denis Wright -It’s hard to say I liked this book because it’s about a kid that does all kinds of bad stuff, but I definitely found it very intriguing.  It was really interesting to see Hamish’s justifications for what his actions.  I definitely liked the first section more than the second section and though it wrapped up a little too neatly. (International Author [from somewhere other than US, Canada, UK, or Australia])

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph -I was pretty disappointed in this one.  I liked Shrinking Violet a lot, so I was looking forward to this book.  Indigo is annoying, self centered, and just all around unlikeable.  There were times I did like Adam, but especially at the beginning beginning, he was whiny and way too obsessed with Indigo.

Fat Cat by Robin Brande – I liked this a lot!  I occasionally found Cat annoying and I wanted her to actually stop and listen to herself sometimes, or listen to Matt or something!  But I really related to Cat and really enjoyed the book.

Inside Out  by Maria V. Snyder – I liked this!  Maria V. Snyder is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I really liked Trella, Cogan, and Riley.  I loved discovering the secrets of Inside and Outside with the characters.  The book totally sucked me in.  I was kind of sad when it was over.  I can’t wait to read Outside In!

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott – This had sat on my shelf for a really long time and I’m glad I finally picked it up.  It wasn’t my favorite book by Elizabeth Scott (that would be Something, Maybe), but it was a really enjoyable read.  I really liked Dani.  She was easy to relate to and her struggle was really interesting.  I liked her relationships with Greg and Allison.  I couldn’t stand her mom!  She was frustrating.

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs – This was fun.  In terms of books about children of Greek/Roman gods, Percy Jackson was way better, but I did like the differences in this one.  I can’t say I loved it, but I enjoyed it.

The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart – I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.  I found the writing a bit frustrating.  I can’t really put my finger on why exactly, but I just felt like I was being talked at instead told a story I was part of.  I’m not sure that makes sense. LOL  But I just never got to the place where I cared about the characters and found the book a bit disappointing.

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi – This book didn’t blow my mind, but it was enjoyable.  I kind of related to Maddy in some ways, like how it’s easier to be honest and “yourself” on the internet than it is in person sometimes.  It was a really cute book.

Devilish by Maureen Johnson – After reading and loving The Key to the Golden Firebird, I had high hopes for this one, but I didn’t love it.  It’s another book where I never really felt invested in the characters and more felt I was just reading to get to the end.

The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchison – I almost always like books with a male protagonist, but I was a little unsure about this one at the beginning.  I know teenage boys are all about sex, but I was starting to think it was going to be too much for me to continue reading.  But I’m glad I did.  That aspect toned down somewhat.  The premise of the book was really interesting.  What would you do if you knew you had a day to live?  I really liked Ollie, Shane, and Ronnie by the end of the book.

Weekly Recap 11/28/10

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Books Read:

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff – This was really good.  I really liked the world it was set in – very creepy and interesting.  There were times when the book confused me a bit, but overall I found it really enjoyable.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I can’t believe I let this sit on my shelf for 18 months without reading it!  It was soooo good!  It sucked me in right from the beginning.  I think I drove my family crazy on Thanksgiving/the day after because I was constantly walking around with the book because I just couldn’t put it down!  I definitely recommend this to anyone, though I seem to be one of the last people on the planet to read it. :)

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – This was cute.  I really liked John Green’s story.  Maureen Johnson’s story was cute and really funny.  I didn’t love Lauren Myracle’s story, but I am not a huge fan of hers, so that wasn’t unexpected.  Overall it was a quick fun wintry read.

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Books Received:

  • NONE!

Books Mailed:

  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Picture 2Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Scarlett is the third of four children in the Martin family. The Martins live in and manage a shabby hotel in NYC that dates back to the 1920s. When Scarlett turns 15, she is put in charge of one of the hotel’s 27 rooms- the Empire Suite. Into this room moves Mrs. Amberson, a failed 1970s starlet who has returned to New York to write her memoirs. Soon, Scarlett is taking dictation, running around town with Mrs. Amberson, and getting caught up in her Auntie Mame-meets-Bianca Jagger adventures.

In the midst of all this, Scarlett falls in love – or so she thinks – and it takes Mrs. Amberson to help her see the light.

There were parts of this book that I liked, but overall I thought it was just okay.  I liked Scarlett and Spencer a lot, and Lola grew on me through the book.  The rest of the family (Mom, Dad, and Marlene) and Mrs. Amberson weren’t very likable.  The plot took a long time to come about.  The tone in the first half of the book seemed different than the second half.  At various times, I wasn’t sure who to cheer for and who was the “bad guy.”  I didn’t like how the family forced the hotel on the kids.  I know family businesses take a lot of hands, but it just seemed like the kids were being forced to either work in the hotel or work to support the family.

I really liked Spencer and Scarlett’s relationship and the idea of the play, though having it in a parking garage makes no sense.