Monday, October 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Trying to get back into blogging. Continuing with Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Book links go to WorldCat. Why WorldCat? It shows if the book is available in a library near you (libraries, yay!) and lists various retailers.

Borrowed:




Because I am Furniture by Thalia Charles
Party Games by R.L. Stine
The False Friend by Myla Goldberg (eBook)
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (eBook)



Bought:



The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pakkenen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dorothy Must Die


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
(Dorothy Must Die Series, #1)
HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
464 pages
2 out of 5

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Somehow I managed to finish this novel, but honestly if it had expired before I finished, I was in no mood to borrow it again. After finishing it I realized part of the problem is that it's from Full Fathom Five. If you aren’t aware, Full Fathom Five is the company James Frey (Million Little Pieces) created as a cash cow post his disgrace. The company hires “authors” but retains the copyright to the works. Had I realized it beforehand, I probably wouldn't have read it at all.

It also seems Mr. Frey is not at all interested in the editing process. That was the worst thing about this book, in my opinion. There was information dump, repetitive bits, and other eye-rolling moments that should have been removed or condensed. It was all tell and hardly any show. Furthermore, story lines are completely forgotten during certain parts, and characters disappear only to reappear when it’s convenient. Granted this is a fantasy building on Baum’s Oz series, but it didn’t feel like Oz.

I’m not one who cares about profanity in novels if it fits the situation and characters. The profanity in Dorothy Must Die feels thrown in for the simple reason of making it seem like an edgier teen novel. I find it hard to believe that Munchkins, even disenchanted, tattooed ones, run around saying “f*ck.” Anger and frustration can be shown in other ways.

Overall, I think it’s an interesting premise to show a power-hungry, magic-addicted Dorothy, but the execution was awful. This book is almost 500 pages, but it definitely does not need to be.

There is a sequel and a prequel (cha-ching) available, but I have no desire to read anything else in this new Land of Oz.


Full disclosure: I borrowed this eBook from my local library.
More on Full Fathom Five.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's been awhile...

Life needs to stop getting in the way of my reading. 2013 was a horrible year for me, hence falling off the face of the Earth. So far 2014 is only slightly better. Mostly I'm frustrated that I still can't concentrate the way I used to. It's almost August and I've read a whopping 30 books this year. My goal is at least 100, but that seems so very far away.

The only good thing I can say is that it's summer so I have an excuse for the fact that I've been reading the Riley Jenson Guardian novels. I've rolled my eyes while reading them, but still I read them.

Below is my list of books so far this year (all links lead to Shelfari):

1: Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister
2: When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
3: The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lillian Jackson Braun
4: The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
5: The Cat Who Went Up the Creek by Lillian Jackson Braun
6: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad
7: The Cat Who Brought Down the House by  Lillian Jackson Braun
8: The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
9: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
10: The Shepherd's Tale by Zack Whedon
11: Better Days by Joss Whedon
12: Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith
13: Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
14: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
15: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
16: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
17: Room by Emma Donoghue
18: Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur
19: Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart
20: Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur
21: Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur
22: Embraced By Darkness by Keri Arthur
23: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
24: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
25: A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
26: A Pedigree To Die For by Laurien Berenson
27: The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn
28: The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
29: Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
30: Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

YALSA's 2013 Hub Reading Challenge




Just when I needed an excuse to put aside serious, and  slow paced adult books, along comes YALSA's 2013 Hub Reading Challenge.

The Challenge: "Read/listen to 25 of the 83 titles on our list of eligible titles to finish the challenge. The list includes YA novels, audiobooks, graphic novels, and books for adults..." between February 3 and June 22, 2013.

To learn more or to join the challenge, click the link or logo above. 

Since I read 17 books in January alone, the only thing left to say is...


Challenge Accepted!





Sunday, January 20, 2013

Welcome 2013!

So, clearly, I'm a little behind when it comes to this project.

I finished my 100 book challenge in early October, so I went crazy and decided to add 25 more titles. Finished number 125 on Dec. 31st. 

Debut Author Challenge: I dropped this one after the whole Story Siren thing. I just wasn't all that interested in it after everything went down.

New Adult Challenge: Read three "new adult" titles during the year. I completed this by June.

Off the Shelf Challenge: Eh. I didn't read the 15 titles I set out to. Library books are more distracting since they have due dates. I'm super lucky ours doesn't have late fees, but it's still a good idea to return them in a timely manner. I did read 8 of the 15. So progress was made, but not as much as I hoped.

What's in store for 2013? After finishing 100 books so early last year and hitting 125 by the end, I've gone crazier and am aiming for 150 this year. So far I'm on pace with 9 books read. I'm also challenging myself to read titles from my own shelf again, I'm thinking maybe one per month. They are other challenges I'm considering, but I haven't officially signed up for anything. More posts to come if this happens. I'll do my best to continue with reviews, though I can't guarantee they'll all be YA. My new fo' real librarian job requires Reader's Advisory for adults, so I'll be expanding into grown-up reads.