From time to time, I don’t have enough to write a full review, so I make some smaller reviews of several books in one post. This is one of those times – here are three books I at least started during the read-a-thon back in April
Title: Pretty Monsters
Author: Kelly Link
Hardcover: 390 pages
Pub Date: Oct 2, 2008
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Summary from pub:
Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing, and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link’s vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award-winning The Faery Handbag, in which a teenager’s grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of The Surfer, whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, Links stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world.
Like most short story collections, there were stories I liked more than others. Some were absolutely fantastic, and some I read three pages of an skipped because I didn’t care as much. The theme of it is really great and it was easy to transition from one story to the next. The writing was always good, even if I didn’t love the story.
Title: Guards! Guards!
Author: Terry Pratchett
Paperback: 355 pages
Pub Date: July 31, 2001 (Originally 1989)
Summary from pub:
Here there be dragons and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis (“noble dragon” for those who don’t understand italics) has appeared in Discworld’s greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is anoble dragon, after all . . .).
To the rescue come Captain Vimes, Constable Carrot, and the rest of the Night Watch who, along with other brave citizens, risk everything, including a good roasting, to dethrone the flying monarch and restore order to Ankh-Morpork (before it’s burned to a crisp).
I have wanted to try the Discworld series for a while, but it is so large that I didn’t know where to start. Several people recommended the City Watch books, and Guards! Guards! was the first. It was fine. There were several story arcs in the books, and there were a couple I just didn’t like very much, so it made it very hard to get into. I have a couple of other books in the series that I will try because I like the idea of the series and really loved some of the book, but not all of it.
Title: Every You, Every Me
Author: David Levithan
Hardcover: 245 pages
Pub Date: Sept 13, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Summary from pub:
In this psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him, messing with him, threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he’s been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself.
This book was pretty creepy and unnerving. The photos make it feel real and add a lot to the book. I really like Levithan’s writing and the story, I just wanted a little more to it. I wanted to know the characters more and feel a bigger connection. The strike-through text made it difficult to read at times and other authors have used it more effectively. It is incredibly creative and I love how it used photographs as they added so much more and made it nothing like the average book, it just felt like it was missing something..