Category: Reviews

The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

F‘The Kingdom of Oceana’ is a young adult, fantasy, adventure, historical fiction novel based in what is today Hawaii. This novel is outside of the usual genres I read. I do read historical fiction quite a bit, but usually novels set in Britain or the Eastern U.S. I haven’t before read any novels taking place in Polynesia . I loved the cover art and the very tropical and flowing feel of the prose. Mitchell Charles gives beautiful descriptions of the landscapes. He also gives a convincing description of how life back then. There was a fair amount of magical realism throughout the novel. Enough so that is was a central part of the novel but was still integrated well into the storyline. Charles focuses the story on Prince Ailani and his rivalry with his older brother, Prince Nahoa. The story […]

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Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

I have had ‘Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl’ in my TBR pile for a while. I loved the name and the cover art is fun and quirky. I have heard it as a of  a ‘cancer’ book that sprung from  “Fault in Our Stars’ popularity’. I did notice that both were published  around the same time, so I am not sure if this is true.  Also, I have to say that other than being about teenagers and cancer, these books are nothing a like. I am far from a John Green fan but at least FIOS has a plot, ok characters, and a worthwhile message. This novel is basically about Greg Gaines, who is the most self deprecating character, by far, that I had ever read about. He basically spends the book saying terrible things about himself and working on not […]

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What Happens Now…by Jennifer Castle Blog Tour

What Happens Now…by Jennifer Castle Blog Tour

  ‘What Happens Now’ is a great book for summer reading. It was a really quick read for me. The prose was easy to read but not too simple. The characters were very realistic and well-developed. They acted as real teenagers would but not with so much teenage jargon that I, as an adult, wasn’t able to understand it. I thought Ari was especially well-developed. Her faults  were human and believable. Camden, who at the beginning, seemed perfect, progressed through the novel, as  regular quirky teenager. I also loved that the supporting characters were also well described and well-developed. One of the things I loved about this book was that it addressed many of the common problems teenagers face such depression, broken families, and making bad choices. One of Ari’s issues that I found most significant was her responsibility of […]

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Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

‘Beyond the Rising Tide’ is a contemporary romance with an interesting twist. Kai saved Avery’s life. In the process he drowns. Kai and Avery are total strangers when this happens. As a result everything about the boy who saved her life is a mystery to Avery. The gilt Avery feels for what happened causes her life to spiral downhill. Kai, in the afterlife, still feels drawn to Avery and her torment and attempts to help her move on. Paranormal is not a genre that I usually read. However, I was drawn to this book because of the unique premise. The story is full of rich detail of the strong emotions that both Kai and Avery feel. Avery is often conflicted with her feelings for Kai, her ex-boyfriend, and her mentally ill mother. Avery’s  emotions were very raw and made her very easy […]

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Looking for Alaska…by John Green

Looking for Alaska…by John Green

I recently read ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ and I just did not get the story line, or the book at all for that matter. For me ‘Looking for Alaska’ was more of the same. A quick read and  somewhat interesting, in parts, but it lacks depth and originality. I don’t know. Maybe, I’m too far in the middle of generation X to understand Green’s writing style. I mean, I used to be somewhat of a John Green fan. I did kind of like ‘Fault in Our Stars’ but come on ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ has almost the same plot as ‘Looking for Alaska’ (i.e. nerdy and extremely intelligent boy has teenage angst for a girl who is not interested). The main characters from the three books, Miles/Colin/Q  and  Alaska/Katherine/Margo are basically all the same people. Green also […]

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