Sunday, April 25, 2010

March/April Mini-reviews

The Line by Teri Hall

Lots of people seemed really impressed with this one and unfortunately, for me, it just fell short. Such potential with the whole "dystopian" genre going for it and a pretty compelling main character, but the buildup was really slow and the "big moment" wasn't so big.

The author definitely left room for a sequel, which I'm interested in reading and will pickup if it ever comes out, but this one just isn't a book I'll be remembering for very long. Bummer. And I know I'm in the minority, so go check it out even though I thought it just ok.

Great cover though!

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

The Line
Teri Hall
224 pages
Young Adult
March 2010
Book borrowed from my local library

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

Oh gosh, this one as just as wonderful as every blogger said it was. Filled with such heart and soul, real characters, beautiful writing, and a fabulous setting. I honestly don't know how it didn't win the Cybil this year.

I had such emotion while reading this, having a husband in the military and the feelings of being left behind sometimes. Brother was just such an amazing main character and makes me want to hand this little book to everyone I know. Go out and get it if you haven't already!

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

Heart of a Shepherd
Rosanne Parry
176 pages
Middle Grade
Random House
January 2009
Book borrowed from my local library

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

Yep, as adorable as everyone says. I, at times, had a pretty hard time believing in the crazy ways of Hamlet's parents, but that didn't deter from the cuteness of the overall story. Middle readers will really enjoy this one and adults will have fun reading it aloud with their kids.

And I LOVE Hamlet's tights on the cover. So cute!

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
Erin Dionne
304 pages
Middle Grade
January 2010
Book borrowed from my library

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Well everyone and their brother is reviewing this one! I liked it just as much as I enjoyed Perfect Chemistry...except for the last 2 pages. I think the epilogue was somewhat cheesy and contrived and took away from the believability of the rest of the story. The characters are great though and very realistic, I was just put off by the ending. Bummer for me.

Teens however? They'll love it. Action packed with true-to-life characters and a great bad boy to have a little crush on.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

Rules of Attraction
Simone Elkeles
336 pages
Young Adult
Walker Books
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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elizabeth said...

Awesome mini reviews. I have The Line in my TBR pile, so I hope to get to it soon. I'm sorry it fell short for you.

Becky said...

I agree with you on The Line. And Heart of A Shepherd. Oh how I loved that book. It was such a wow book for me! I wouldn't have wanted to be a judge for the finalists in that category. There were two or three that I just found to be oh-so-amazing.