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Three Mini Reviews- Pretty Monsters, Guards! Guards!, and Every You, Every Me

Posted by Caitie F on July 3, 2014

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 pretty
Author: Kelly Link
Hardcover: 390 pages
Pub Date: Oct 2, 2008
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: +++

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!guards
Author: Terry Pratchett
Paperback: 355 pages
Pub Date: July 31, 2001 (Originally 1989)
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Rating: +++

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 Meevery
Author: David Levithan
Hardcover: 245 pages
Pub Date: Sept 13, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: +++

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..


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Tsarina by J Nelle Patrick

Posted by Caitie F on February 27, 2014

Title: Tsarina17382389
Author: J Nelle Patrick
Hardcover: 331 pages
Pub Date: Feb 27, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Natalya knows a secret.

A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace.

It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics.

A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov.

Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.

But it’s not in the right hands.


I am so excited for more young adult historical fiction and I am absolutely fascinated with this time period – I blame the movie Anastasia.

Tsarina is a perfect mix of romance, magic, and a lot of action and suspense with fascinating and complicated characters.

It is easy to see things from the perspective of the rich. They have everything they could want and live in luxury. Natalya is also going to marry the next Tsar, so she has it even better than most. It could make her spoiled and cruel, but luckily it does not. She does want to keep the Tsar around, but she isn’t heartless and can see things in more than one way.

This book is so full of action that you will always need to read just one more chapter. You know there wasn’t really a magical egg that could save everyone in the royal family,but it doesn’t take away from the suspense of what is happening to them. The added magic really works in the story and adds a fantastical element to the basic story most know.

I can’t say much without giving away the story, so I won’t. Not knowing any of the twists in this book made it so enjoyable to read, and I won’t take that away from anyone.

So if you like historical fiction, even if you don’t read many YA books, you should get this one, it is really good. And if you love YA but are unsure about historical fiction, try this book.

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Two Mini Reviews!

Posted by Caitie F on March 7, 2013

it is that time again – the time where I have read some books that I don’t have as much to say. So here are two shorter reviews that are for older books!

Title: A Room With a View120482
Author: E. M. Forster
Softcover: 240 pages
Pub Year: 1908
Rating: ++

Summary from goodreads:

A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson—who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist—Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

Short review:

The writing in this book was fine, but there are much better books from this time period about similar subjects. The book was good enough until the end which was abrupt. The book seemed to drag along, but the writing was so good that I didn’t really mind, until the end where things just came together nicely and from nowhere. The main character makes this big decisions about herself and women/life in general, then it doesn’t even matter.

I read it because it is in the 1001 Books…book. There are three others by the author and I hope those are better. That said, I did love George and his father who questioned class differences and how women were treated. This aspect made the book worth reading and gave insight into history.


Title: One for the Money6853
Author: Janet Evanovich
Softcover: 320 pages
Pub Year: 1994
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: +

Short summary from me:

Stephanie Plum is unemployed and desperate, so she starts working for her cousin’s bail bonding company, but not just to file. Instead, she is going to bring in people who missed their court date. She has to go after some dangerous men, including a cop that is wanted for murder that she has a history with.

Short review:

When I got this book from the library blind date shelf, I figured I had to read it. I like to know what is popular, and this series is a smash hit.

And I don’t really get why. It is over dramatic. and over written. I live near Trenton and I don’t need that much description of the area! I doubt anyone who doesn’t live in the area care about where exactly in Hamilton she found a guy. There was so much over description of everything and it was all stuff that didn’t matter.

I found the main character irritating, stupid, and trashy.  I just didn’t care about her at all.

I will not be reading any more books in this series. The end of my book had summaries of the first seven books in the series and they all are the same except who she might end up with. It is not a series for me ar all

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