Friday, May 16, 2014

More Itty Bitty Book Reviews

Because who doesn't love things that are both itty and bitty?

Itty Bitty Evil Committee

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell:

Here's an itty bitty review for an itty bitty book. I loved this. There's a world wide insomnia epidemic. People can donate and/or receive sleep transfusions. Some people's bodies don't accept the transfusions. Unless they come from Baby A - the first universal sleep donor. Oh, and don't forget nightmares... if you have them, you're in trouble. The concept was amazing and Russell's writing was awesome enough to make me pick up her full novel, Swamplandia!. Alligator rasslin'.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I read this book for reasons. Reasons that never manifested. I liked it, which surprised me. Mead is pretty good at world building and her characters are more fleshed out than the usual teen vampires. There was still a lot of brooding and unrequited love, but if you're jonesing for a trashy vampire novel, this one is like perfectly good food sitting on top of the rest of the garbage that's only been there for about two minutes.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

My quest to read more non-fiction continues. This book was life changing, enough so that I got a quote from it tattooed on my arms last weekend. "Spontaneity isn't random." Blink teaches you to trust your instincts without dismissing a lengthier thought process, both within their proper contexts. By reading this, I learned not to feel guilty by the fact that sometimes, too much information is bad for me when decision making.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I have mixed feelings about this book. It's well written. It's going to stick with me for a while. But this story about a girl who is seemingly kidnapped at random and taken away to the Australian Outback, gets repetitive pretty fast. This book is a great character study of both the kidnapper and the victim, with a satisfying end. But be prepared for a lengthy character study of the landscape as well.

Ranger's Apprentice Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Last one. I read this book for World Book Night. I was a book giver and this was the book I was assigned. I had a lot of fun and managed to give away 14 out of 20 copies. This book is perfect for the middle school or reluctant reader high school set. It follows the first adventure of Will, an orphan, who is chosen to be the local Ranger's apprentice. At 35, I feel a little too old for this book, but I would have loved the hell out of it in 8th or 9th grade.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I Liked It So Much I Put a Ring On it

Have you ever been completely taken off guard by a book? In a good way or bad way or somewhere in between? I'm feeling this way about the Vampire Academy books. See, I like them, and I feel guilty for liking them even though I told myself a long time ago that I would never feel guilty for liking a book.

I picked up the first book after being told that I might get to interview some people involved with the movie for Drunken Zombie, a blog/podcast that my husband is a part of. None of the manly men of Drunken Zombie wanted to read Vampire Academy, and I don't suppose I can blame them. I didn't want to read it either.


But I kind of did. I had been eyeing it for a while. It looked intriguing, but I had been burned so many times by such horrid crap. There is so much god awful garbage in YA literature and I say this liking the publishing genre.

But I read the first book and I liked it, so I put a ring on it because I'm now reading the second book and will soon be onto the third. And I can only kind of tell you why.

Rose is a pretty cool character but Lissa makes me want to punch her. She's just such a victim all the time. But Rose? I like Rose. She's half human and half vampire and would just as soon punch you in the neck as talk to you. I guess I like that quality in a character. The world building is also pretty solid. I guess the first thing that will make me dislike a book is inconsistencies in world building. I can't read a book that doesn't make sense.

The series has its flaws for sure. There's a lot of brooding and making out and slut shaming and angst. But it all works. It all feels real. None of it is over dramatic.

I guess that's the bottom line - making sense. But I'm also sad that comprehension is all it takes to make me happy anymore.

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