Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Very Small Reviews on Some Books I've Lately Read
I'm behind on reviewing again, so I'm going to make these short and hopefully sweet (as usual, well, the short part, not necessarily the sweet part!):
Book: Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Romance
I had a goal to read all Meg Cabot's books, but there's too many and I'm getting sick of them. This one was fine, okay, alright. It's about a girl who doesn't necessarily lie to everyone yet just says things they she thinks they want her to say or do or like. She learns to be true to herself and stand up for her own person, which, is good thing. Meanwhile, she needs to pick which boy she's going to like once and for all!
Book: Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Romance
Surprise! Something a little different by Meg Cabot. Though predictable and fluffy, I liked it anyway. It was like a Jane Austen-y type story for teens, set in 1810 where the girl THINKS she should get married to a particular guy, but there's something not quite right with him.
Book: Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson
Genre: YA SF/Fantasy
For some reason, I'm completely invested in this gang of bird/kids. I have to know what happens to them. I have to know if Fang and Max figure things out. I have to know what the next adventure is! BUT... this one left me quite disappointed. Instead of another great adventure for the kids, I felt like it was just a platform for the author to preach to us about environmental issues. That's just not what I wanted, you know? Oh, well. Still, I enjoyed it for the most part, and I skipped the lessons.
Book: Quentins by Maeve Binchy
Genre: Literary Fiction
Finally! It took me awhile on this one. I left it on the treadmill for weeks, and so yeah, I haven't been doing so well at getting my treadmilling in! But I love Binchy's books and her style and the way she can take a community and give everyone that lives there their own story and make you love them all. This one revolves around the restaurant, Quentins, and we learn about several different cool things that happens there as Ella researches to make a film about the place. Meanwhile, Ella is having a bit of her own drama that must all be worked out!
This book has several companion books. I've read Evening Class and have Scarlet Feather awaiting it's turn. I think I've read Tara Road, but it was back long enough that I can't remember for sure.