Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I didn't think I'd like this book. I'm sick of vampires and the cover looks like porn. Ew.

But, it was oddly fascinating. I expected the juxtaposition of epilepsy and vampirism to go somewhere creepier, but that's ok.

And maybe it's just my childhood love of astronomy, but the fact that most of the book took place on a NASA base was awesome. And her love interest is a NASA nerd. YAY!

Ok, so not a deep read but definitely amusing. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Let's talk about Books Sharon Could Not Finish

Before y'all get bent out of shape, this is just a few of the books that *I* couldn't finish. Just because I didn't like them doesn't mean that someone else didn't.

I tried really hard to get through this one. I really did. I just couldn't. The noir thing just doesn't do it for me and I really didn't see a lot of teen appeal. Plus, I had trouble following the story and caring about the characters. I think I got about halfway through this one.

I picked this one up because the kids were raving about it. I don't know if it's my age or what, but I just can't read books that have *that* many different fonts. I could barely see the emails let alone understand them.

I think I got through 2 chapters. I'll take the kids word for it!

I tried listening to this one because a friend recommended it. I got through a little more than half of it before I gave up. The problem is that I just didn't care. I didn't know for whom I should be rooting and why. And in the end, I decided that I just didn't care to see what happened.

I tried this one before I gave up trying Printz winners just because of the seal. I got through about a chapter of it before i gave up. I just couldn't follow the jumble of events. Maybe I'll try it again later. Or maybe not.

I tried this one mainly because it looked funny. It was a while ago, but I remember thinking that the author kept saying the same thing over and over again to explain the plight of vampires. Blah blah. Who else is sick of vampires? I think I got through 5 chapters.

Does anyone else have a list of shame like this? :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bitter End

Ok, I am really curious what other people thought of this book because I was extremely disappointed.

I LOVED Hate List but this story read like a sappy After School Special. The characters seemed two dimensional and predictable and the whole story line felt contrived.

Alex has just lost her mother and is flailing. Then she meets Cole, the handsome new student. They start dating, he fills her need to be loved and then he gets controlling and creepy. She brushes it off and the abuse escalates until he's beating the crap out of her in a dark parking lot. The whole thing read like a bad horror movie. I wanted to scream at her the whole time. NO, don't have sex! The monster will KILL YOU if you're not a virgin!

Her father was too tangled up in his own grief to notice that his daughter "tripped in a parking lot" and ended up with a black eye and broken tooth? And that the creepy guy was leaving roses on his daughter's car and screaming outside the house in the middle of the night?

I think the weird combination of self-aware on an adult level and adolescently oblivious really struck a bad chord for me. While I like the idea of dating violence in YA fiction, this isn't doing the trick. The whole thing seemed like a cautionary tale written by overzealous caretakers. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one made into a Lifetime movie.

I really would have liked to hear more about how she got rid of him, too. Hanging up on him didn't seem like a particularly good end to me.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Other Side of Dark

I just finished this book while sitting here at the Children's Desk. Wow.

It's a combination of ghost story, historical fiction and modern tale of grief and ptsd all rolled into one. This author did a serious amount of research on Boston history, Olmstead and the history of slavery.

Told from alternating points of view, Law and Katie tell their stories of their relationship with a historical house in the Emerald Necklace of Boston. Katie is haunted by ghosts of slaves and Law is fascinated by the architecture and torn by his parents' clashing opinions on what should be done with the property. At the same time, Katie is dealing with the devastating loss of her mother and Law is struggling with his race identity. It sounds like a lot, but Sarah Smith really makes it work.

It's chilling and detailed and even has a saitsfying end.