Thursday, February 13, 2014

Veronica Rossi, My Idol

I read Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi and thought, "This is why I read YA."

This was the end of the series. No more Aria, or Brooke, or...or...Kirra! WAAAHHHHHH!!

I'm sad, but at the same time I'm not sad. Know what I mean?

Yeah, me neither.

I'm sad that it's done, but it ended so brilliantly that it left me holding the book close to my heart, looking it in the eyes and saying, "You...complete...me."

And then I totally made out with it. Just kidding. So?!

I love so many things about this book and series. There are so many great characters and the story is refreshingly different. I was legit surprised with this final book. I had a few theories of what I thought would happen, and as usual, I was nowhere close.

What I love most about this book is how it left me feeling when I finished. After going on a journey with those awesome characters, it felt amazing to be able to say goodbye and know that they would be happy. And that they didn't get their asses fried by the Aether.

I LOVED how V. Rossi (that's what her friends call her...V) brought in a bunch of characters I kinda wanted to kill, and then made me see them as people and feel sympathy for them.

And then I felt like a horrible person.

This story ranks pretty high on my all-time favs list, and it's not just because V. Rossi is smoooooking gorgeous, or crazy hilarious, or kinder than most humanoids. It's because of this: at the end of the day, the only way I'm truly going to judge a book is by how it made me feel, and by how memorable it is.

And that's why it ranks high for me.

Also...


Say WHAT?!!!!

Maybe someday I'll get her to spoon feed me guacamole.

#Dreams #Goals

I give Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi 5 out of 5 blown kisses.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The S-Word

I read the entire book thinking that the "S" stood for Salsa.

Just kidding. I thought it was for Starbucks.

Just kidding again.

(What if Starbucks made salsa flavored coffee?!)

Ok, for realz...

I read The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher and thought, "I hope that guys read this book."

This is a hard one for me to review because I normally just write silliness, but the content in The S-Word isn't silly.

In fact, there are multiple delicate topics covered throughout the story and Chelsea Pitcher does a great job with them.

What I like about this book is that even though it's heavy on themes, it's still the story that drives the reading. Know what I mean? The main character is playing the role of an investigator, and the information she's in search of is all the same information I wanted as the reader. So, naturally, I felt like I was an investigator, too, which was awesome because I was like...investigating stuff.

Chelsea did an amazing job of grabbing my attention from the beginning of the book and at the end of every chapter. She had me frustrated every morning when I had to put the book down and go to work (because I'm a responsible adult). Then, when I got to work, I was still feeling frustrated so I was mean to everyone and almost got fired. So thanks, Chelsea.

Overall, I really liked this book. The reading was smooth, the story was interesting, and the underlying themes were in line with the current issues of the day.

I liked most of the characters, but I didn't really fall in love with any of them. I thought they were very well done (like steaks). They sounded like teenagers and they were easy for me to picture, but I just didn't feel like any of the characters stood out above the story.

I loved the end of the book. No spoilers, but Chelsea fooled me. :)

I give The S-Word 5 out of 7 salsa flavored Starbucks coffees.

Way to go, Chelsea!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Is Eleanor a Zombie?

I read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell...and nothing happened.

I was like, "Oh, it's done."

Then I thought about all the face eating references and sort of wished that Eleanor really did eat Park's face because she was a red headed zombie! THAT would have been awesome.

So, basically, two teenagers fall in love and then one moves away.

WTF?!

Eleanor and Park remind me of like...everyone ever. They're teenagers becoming adults. They have family stuff going on. School stuff going on. Life is happening.

Nothing else happens.

No, seriously. Nothing else happens. It's just two teenagers saying the same kind of lovey stuff about each other for the entire book. There's no actual story there. There's no reason to keep reading. Wondering if Eleanor and Park will end up together isn't a powerful enough driver.

I liked the characters (especially Park and his Dad) and Rainbow's writing is easy to read, but this story just didn't have enough...story.

I have a sneaking suspicion that certain reviews got the motor revved up for this one and sort of set the tone.

Or, it could just be that there is something amazing here and I just don't get it. It wouldn't be the first time.

Regardless, Eleanor & Park was a huge disappointment for me. It was boring. There wasn't any humor. The "love story" played out like a 1980's record on a skipping record player. Same kinds of words over and over and over. Then, the end.

I give Eleanor & Park  3 out of 7 Red Headed Zombies.






Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Silver Pickle

Ok, fine. The book isn't called The Silver Pickle, it's called The Silver Tickle.

What? Fine...

The Silver Sickle. It's called The Silver Sickle. Promise.

I read the The Silver Sickle by Ellie "Hotsie" Ann and thought three things (which overwhelmed me because I can only think about one thing at a time):

1. I love this book for so many reasons, but the big one for me was that it has two characters who are in love and can't get to each other and all I want is for them to get to each other. This drove my reading because I wasn't SURE that they would get to each other. I thought they would. I hoped they would, but I wasn't sure. Well done, "Hotsie" Anne. Well done. (Side note - Does anyone truly like their steak well done? That's crazy, yo.)

2. I like the villain. As in, if the villain would have succeeded I would have felt bad for humanity, but not too bad. I actually cared for her and her family. This is such a tricky thing to do for writers, but Ellie Ann wrote it to perfection. I kept thinking, "I shouldn't care about her and her mission. I should hate her." But then I was like, "Yeah but she has a family, too. She has a right to kill all of humanity so her alien babies can have a place to grow up. ALIEN BABIES HAVE FEELINGS, TOO!!!"

3. It's worth buying The Silver Sickle just to get the picture of Ellie on the back cover. Whaaaaaaat?

I love that this book is published by StoneHouse Ink, a small indie publisher. It's as good, if not better, as any book I've read. It's a great example of how small indie publishers can put out quality books and not cut corners to save a dime. This book looks, smells, and tastes like a book published by one of the biggies. But I don't recommend tasting it. I'm still hacking up bits of paper and I paper cut my tongue.

This read was very different for me. Aliens, weird metal dudes, new words, a harem belonging to a king with a secret (wink wink), a cool laser gun, and a world that I have never been too! It's so exciting to go to new places and not the same regurgitated places with new names and new minor details!!

I loved that this story was different, ya know? I wasn't able to predict anything, and I wasn't bored for even one page. I was literally getting up early in the morning to have a little extra time before milking the cows, goats, and ladybugs to read. I was sincerely interested in knowing what was going to happen in this story!

THAT is the sign of a good book. Yes?

So...

I now like alien books.

I will read whatever "Hotsie" Anne writes. Check her out here.

And this is now going on my wall next to the life size picture of Veronica Rossi...

I give The Silver Sickle 4 out of 5 Silver Pickles.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where The Stars Still Shine

I read Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller and then I considered driving to Florida to find Trish so I could hug her.

It's that good.

I decided against the hug-trip since Trish and I have never met and she might call the police when I approach her with open arms doing the ugly cry.

Where the Stars Still Shine is an extremely realistic story of a girl named Callie. She's been through a lot and has had a pretty rough life, but the meat of the story is this: Callie was sexually abused by one of her mom's boyfriends.

Trish handles the subject of abuse carefully, accurately, and honestly.

We need more books like this. I think this book should be required reading for all human teenagers. Alien teenagers I'm not too worried about.

I know, I know...there's some sex in this book. Big whoop. Teenagers who have been sexually abused would find some hope in Callie's story. And exactly zero teenagers would read this book and then think, "Wow! What is this sex thing that they're doing? I'm gonna go try it!"

It's vitally important that teenagers are aware of sexual abuse and that there is hope and healing for anyone that has been abused. More teens have been abused than the world will ever know and a book like this might be their first step towards healing. It's easy to pick up a book and sit by yourself and read. It's not so easy to go to another person while feeling overwhelmed with unnecessary guilt and tell them what happened.

Books like this are important and can change people's lives.

As far as the plot, the characters, the writing stuff...they are all up to Trish Doller standards.

Amazing.

Trish is a gifted writer and I basically sit around all day mumbling over and over, "Trish write more books. Trish write more books."

So, Trish...WRITE MORE BOOKS.

If you've never read a Trish Doller book, you should. Her writing is smooth and easy to follow (Yay for me!), her characters are always realistic, and she'll make you want to become a rapper (trust me).

Also, Trish describes someone in the book as "wearing a Wisconsin Badgers sweatshirt." This is clear evidence that Trish thinks about me often. And by "often" I mean all the freaking time.

I give Where the Stars Still Shine 5 out of 5 hugs from strangers.

Now go buy it.

Friday, October 11, 2013

I Am Alive

I am alive.

If you have found this blog and are noticing that I haven't posted in a while and you are wondering if I am dead...I'm not.

I'm just busy.

I desperately wish I could read/write/blog 24/7, but right now I'm too busy building robots and repairing my spaceship.

I WILL be back in full force. I just have to take care of some business first.

I can honestly say that life without YA Lit is less colorful. And, I sincerely miss all you weirdos that I talk to on a regular basis via Twitter.

I do have a book review coming of Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. Even during my busy season I can't ignore Trish Doller books.

The other important issue I'd like to inform you of is my recent decision to become a Death Eater. I know...you think Voldemort is dead. Well, that just goes to show that the plan is working.

Good luck, muggles.