Monday, November 30, 2009

Book Review #836
The Deep by Helen Dunmore
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I liked this book almost as much as the second. I am glad the audience matured and the story felt more well-rounded than the first one. It was a little bit of a stretch for the plot sometimes, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and was dismayed to see that the sequel was not yet available in the USA. I'll be waiting. I'd probably recommend.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Book Review #835
What I Know: Uncommon Wisdom And Universal Truths From 10-Year-Olds And 100-Year-Olds edited by Roger Fishman
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I was not impressed with this book. The wisdom wasn't as breathtaking as I would have liked and sometimes I put this book down because I was bored - and that is never a good thing. I had somehow gotten it into my head that this book would have witty bits of humor, but I didn't find any of that sort. It was a nice try and maybe it would appeal to someone else, but I just didn't care for this book and wouldn't recommend.

Book Review #834
The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I thought this story had more depth than the first book, and that was why I was on the verge of giving it the next star up - but I just didn't feel like it was quite up to those standards. The story was more mature and I felt like the characters had really grown up. I was excited to see where the author would take them and I liked how she expanded the character of the sea and made it a living, fearful thing. I enjoyed this book and would probably recommend.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Book Review #833
Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Rating: two stars (out of four)

Mercy Watson is at it again. In this delightful romp of a story Mercy proceeds to tear apart the drive-in. This book is sure to entertain children, with it's crazy fun names and colorful illustrations. I'd recommend this series.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book Review #832
Ingo by Helen Dunmore
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I'm always intrigued by novels that incorporate mermaids and their interactions with people, so it is no surprise I picked up this book. I was a little disappointed with the content though. I wanted more answers than the story was willing to give. I felt like the reader was distanced from the characters, because I couldn't fully get into their heads and as a result I didn't enjoy them as much. The pull of the sea was a very interesting twist and I liked how the author handled it, it made me leery of the sea and also curious as to what it would do next. I might recommend.

Book Review #831
The Expressologist by Kristina Springer
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This was a cute book, but it still had some flaws. The characters were interesting, and while I enjoyed the interactions between them, I still felt as if some of their situations and trials were a little unbelievable. There were also a couple characters that I felt needed to be fleshed out a little more before I could like them. The story was predictable, but I enjoyed reading it. I might recommend it.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Review #830
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Initial thoughts: Ohmygoodness where is the next book? I love this world and all the characters. It reminded me of a steampunk version of Kenneth Oppel's Airborn. I pretty much sped through this book and when I got to the end I went, "No way! You can't end now!" Needless to say, this is one of my new favorites and I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

Review: Oh wow! I started this book and couldn't stop reading until I had read the whole thing! Scott Westerfeld has done it again by creating a whole new world with majestic characters and imaginative creatures. The book is also illustrated, which is only an added bonus. I think one of my favorite aspects of this book is the language Scott used, he incorporates everyday words into fantastic new ways and creates a different dialect that we can understand but still be immersed into this steampunk world. I loved this novel. There were so many crazy cool things throughout that I couldn't help but smile as I was reading. I am so excited for the next book in the series and hoping that I can bide my time until it comes out.