Archive for category Young Adult Fiction

Review: Lock and Key

Lock and Key
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this quickly and don’t remember much from it, other than thinking the main character was refreshingly flawed and more likable than what I typically find in young adult fiction. I liked the main character’s voice and the progression of the storyline: it wasn’t overly transformative, it wasn’t a Cinderella story. I liked that it seemed to convey the message that any achievement (including emotional healing) relies more on hard work than on good luck or fate.

 

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Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson 2)

The Sea of Monsters
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second in the series, I enjoyed this as much as if not more than the first. However, it’s been three months since I finished and I don’t recall a lot of detail. This time, Percy’s sidekick is Tyson, a six-foot-three mentally challenged homeless kid – who turns out to be a cyclops, son of Poseidon.

This series is smart and funny and does not condescend to young readers – or older ones. The pace builds throughout the book, there are many funny moments, and suspense gets you worked up–even if you’re a 43 year old Realtor who knows next to nothing about Greek mythology.

 

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Review: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot, even if it does follow some of the same standard narrative framework as other kid books: orphaned, with powerful parentage, a miserable childhood turned around by the discovery of special powers, and a quest to do something others are incapable of, etc).

The writing style is very fun, and it’s a nice introduction for saps like me who know next to nothing about the Greek gods.

I found a lot of things in the book reminiscent of the Harry Potter storyline, but written differently enough to be enjoyable. I really loved the tie-in to Greek mythology. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

 

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Review: Catching Fire

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I could NOT stop reading this book. Excellent story line, even though I liked the first book more. I felt like I was going to have to read something less intense before I started the final book of the trilogy, but ended up diving right into book #3 because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

 

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Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, I didn’t get anything done this afternoon because I was glued to the sofa, reading. In fact, I had the book with me on my business errands this morning and was reading it in the car while waiting for an appointment, and in the drive-through at the bank, and in the drive-through at a fast food place waiting for my order. And I don’t even like dystopian fiction – but this entire trilogy is a page-turning, compelling read.

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