Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’

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Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

September 18, 2008

Title: Elsewhere

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: ★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 377

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2005

 

 

Contains: Fantasy, romance, relationships, drama, coming-of-age.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect): 

Characters: 7

Plot: 8

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 8

 

Summary: Liz is a victim of a hit-and-run driver. Unfortunately, she passes away. When she wakes up she’s in a place that she can only be dreaming about. The place is called Elsewhere and everything there is kind of like Earth but at the same time not like it at all. People on Elsewhere get younger instead of older. However, it’s still like Earth in the sense that you have friends and family and a job. Betty is Liz’s grandmother whom she never met until now. Liz meets other people who become great friends. Liz may have thought at the beginning of her arrival to Elsewhere that she’d never get used to this new “life” but as time goes on, she learns she loves it.

 

My Review (no spoilers): This was a charming tale of coming-of-age. Liz is a believable character and I think I would act just like her if what happened to her happened to me. I’d be depressed and want my old life back. I really liked Betty, she’s very alive and she just wants to help Liz get used to Elsewhere. Thandi was funny and a good friend. I liked all the characters a lot. The boy in the story was really cute to Liz. The plot is probably my favorite part, I’ve never read a book about the afterlife and this was a different way to look at it. I really liked this book although sometimes I found somethings not important that I don’t want to reveal because they contain spoilers.  Whenever I was reading I was asking myself what about this and what about that. Is there crime in Elsewhere? I didn’t feel as though I had a good sense of how it worked and the whole aura of what Elsewhere really looked like. I wish Thandi was a more developed character and Thandi’s and Liz’s friendship too. I think I expected more than I got from this book. I still recommend it though. 

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): Well, I liked this book, as you can tell. It’s just I thought I would get so much more than I received. Owen and Liz and their problems were just a little weird for me. First he likes her, then he doesn’t, then he leaves her for his wife, then he takes her back. I guess the progression is what I didn’t like? I felt as though there was no point when they would in the end get back together. Also, when Liz was a Sneaker, I was just like… you’re going to be saved by Owen and come back to Elsewhere. I didn’t understand why Liz went to Zooey’s wedding after reading the letter (it didn’t make me want to go to my friend’s wedding if she hadn’t even gone to my funeral). I liked it, its just some things were iffy.

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I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

August 28, 2008

Title: I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Author: Lisa Schroeder
Rating:  ★★★
Number of Pages:
Edition: Paperback
Contains: Fantasy/Paranormal, Romance (very little…), Relationships, and Drama.
Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):
Characters: 7.
Plot: 7.
Writing: 8.
Wow Factor: 5.

 

Summary (courtesy Amazon.com):

Girl meets boy.

Girl loses boy.

Girl gets boy back…

…sort of.

Ava can’t see him or touch him, unless she’s dreaming. She can’t hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she’s crazy, but she knows he’s here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. He’s back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

My Review (no spoilers): Very quick book. Seriously, its like something you read in an hour. It wasn’t something that was horrible (because it was quite good) but it just wasn’t super amazing. I think the reason for Jackson’s death is rather odd. I would never do what Jackson did to die… c’mon now, common sense. Jackson is what any girl wishes a guy to be. Sweet, funny, witty, laid-back, go-with-the-flow and it was very sad to put yourself in Ava’s position. I understand why she kept trying to connect with Jackson, even though he was dead and a ghost. Ava is going through many emotions in this book: love, hate, regret, guilt, etc. The free verse was perfect for this kind of book. I felt as though I was in one of those cafes where they snap their fingers while someone reads their poetry. I thought the reason Jackson was around was kind of corny. I still loved the poetic-way of how the book told Ava’s tale and it kept me reading it. I liked how it finished and how Ava was different as a character by the last line. The poetry is beautiful, the metaphors are equally beautiful.

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): Spoiler time! First off, what was Jackson thinking? Jumping off a cliff like a crazy person. No siree, that’s not for me. Second, the Lyric bit was predictable (at least for me). I feel kind of bad for Ava’s friend (I think her name is Jessa?) but in the end Lyric doesn’t sweep Ava off her feet. He was cute as a character although I never wanted Ava to become romantically involved with him because I still wanted Jackson to come back. I wish Jackson could come back. Nick was weird, acting all nice when he had cheated on Ava. Ava’s friends were like down-to-earth real friends which was cool. I hope Ava can move on from this tragic event and stop blaming herself. Overall it was good, but the thing is is that it was just that: good… nothing higher.

 

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Kiss My Book by Jamie Michaels

January 29, 2008



Title: Kiss My Book

Author: Jamie Michaels

Number of Pages: 274.

Rating: 1 out of 5.
It was: blah!

Okay let me make this very clear. This book was HORRIBLE. That is all I have to say. 

It was plotless, endless, when something seemed to calm down another something came up and it just didn’t make any sense. Michaels’ is a terrible writer at least as this novel portrays. I can say that the first 30 pages were good. Ruby Crane is an aspiring writer at the age of 16. She’s popular now, she has a popular boyfriend and all the girls want to be like her. Interesting enough. She then is publicly accused of plagiarism. Ahh, cool. She runs away, even cooler. She ends up in her aunt’s little deserted town where nobody will really know her as Ruby Crane and adopts the name Georgie O’Dell. She first meets Rabbit (yes, I know), and they become instant friends. They go to the campfire place. She meets Jacob, a boy. You know what happens. Soon she can’t hide the fact that she loves books and opens up a little section with inspiring quotes in the Curious Cup, her aunt’s store. She makes weekly meetings to get the community involved (?). Then the guy who rents the store to Aunt Fin wants to build something else so the Curious Cup is being taken down. Ladies Wallets Designer Ladies Wallets from eBags
All of the teenagers in Whispering Oaks (the town) now like books so they protest (and Georgie writes a petition that says “kiss my book” to the owner like 30 times, so that’s their apparent slogan…). The lady that accused her finds her and Ruby’s plastered on the news. The people in the town at first don’t like her (causing her to dramatically say that plagiarism is wrong and she only did it because she wasn’t good enough). Jacob says her loves her on the last page (corny), he likes books too. Georgie tells Rabbit she’s beautiful because she’s not confident and then Rabbit gets a boyfriend. Oh, there’s a haunting as well. About a couple from long ago that had a forbidden love and that love is the same as Jacob’s and Ruby’s. She begins a new life in the high school with her new friends as Ruby, and forgets her old life. Its very stupid.
This summary actually compliments it really well. Just don’t read it, please.