Archive for October, 2015

Random Book Reviews #4

Beauty – Robin McKinley

There are two problems that I had with this book.

1. I should have read this when I was the age demographic that this book is aimed at.
2. I think I just have a problem with the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fairytale.

The book wasn’t bad, and I’m sure I would have loved it a long time ago, but now I just find it creepy. Why does Beauty ever fall in love with this creepy guy? He threatens to kill her dad! He keeps her locked away against her will! He does not explain any of this!

Why oh why would she fall in love with this guy? Yes, I get it, he’s under a curse, I know I know, but she doesn’t know that. Like seriously.

The novel was filled with lovely ideas and new interpretations but I just can’t get over the source material.

2 shuriken stars.

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

I really don’t get the hype over this book. I’m sorry, but I don’t.

It’s a good book, but it didn’t blow me away. At all. I really don’t get it.

Maybe it’s the fault of the dystopian trend that has numbed me to re-imaginings of the apocalypse, but I feel like I’ve read it all before. The writing is good, but not awe-worthy. The story-telling device was interesting, and there was nothing that irked me about it, but I really don’t understand the hype.

4 shuriken stars.

Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith

I’m falling in love with Ali Smith’s works.

There is something about her writing that makes me automatically trust her. I trust that she can tell this story to its best potential, and I trust that I will love her work, and I do. I have to say that I wasn’t familiar with the myth of Iphis before reading this, so I can’t say how well the interpretation has been done, but I will say that I really love this novel.

5 shuriken stars.

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Random Book Reviews #3

A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

While amazing (and yes, it was really really brilliant) most of my exposure to this type of fantasy is from Brandon Sanderson, and I feel like that comparison hurt this book, because following the Mistborn trilogy is a really, really, really hard thing to put on a book. So yes, brilliant, but not quite the absolute mind-blowing incredible-ness that was Vicious.

4.5 shuriken stars.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Good thing I read this before The Secret History, right? While great, I don’t love this nearly as much as Tartt’s debut. Her writing is definitely more refined, and it is a very different story, however I just don’t care as much as I did with TSR. Theo Decker, while a lovely kid, does not hold my attention nearly as strongly. The prose is what kept me reading, and while the book is long it flies by because Tartt has a way of writing that makes reading so absolutely effortless.

4.5 shuriken stars.

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

This was a brilliant, wonderful novel. Packed full of fun and laughter and over-the-top drama and magical realism, it’s a really lovely, fun, ridiculous read. Plus, recipes.

5 shuriken stars.

how to be both – Ali Smith

I can find no fault. No flaw. No nothing. This book transcends easy critical reading, because it is so damn weird. In like the best way possible. It is, as I’ve heard people describe in the past, a ‘novel novel’. Smith takes the conception of a novel and goes ‘hey, let’s play with this why don’t we’ and proceeds to stretch it in every direction. The writing is wonderful, the story is wonderful, the tone is fun and playful and brilliant, and it is, simply, so damn good.

5 shuriken stars.