I think that The Selection should bother me a lot more than it does. First of all, there’s the story of how the author and her agent made a reviewer feel unsafe after a less than favorable review. Then there’s the fact that this book is correctly pitched as a dystopian, YA version of The Bachelor. And it is. And I don’t like The Bachelor. So by my usual standards, The Selection should really be a generous three star read. But I enjoy it enough? I’m going to try to explain why. The Selection doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not. It’s a super […]
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is in a bit of a pickle. Having just wrested Nate and herself from the hands of the angry sea witch Sedna, she has managed to learn the truth about her father… and make a sea witch really, really mad. In the conclusion of this trilogy, Bertie is tasked with saving her family, saving her loves, saving herself, saving the theatre, and finishing her play. That’s not too much to ask, right? Before we go any further, can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover? ALL THREE BOOKS IN THIS TRILOGY HAVE COVERS TO DIE […]
This was my first John Green book, back in… 2010, maybe? An Abundance of Katherines is, for whatever reason, still my favorite. I think perhaps it is because of the random “not interesting” (totally interesting) random facts, or the fact I was Lindsey Lee Wells in high school, or maybe just because Gutshot is a fun little town… I don’t know. But I love this book and the reading of this version was excellent. I’ll definitely visit this audio version (and the hard-copy version!) again.
This review comes from a different perspective than many of my other reviews because I have read this book before – not once, but three times before. I was introduced to Anita Blake by a faraway friend who thought that with my love of (traditional) vampires, I may enjoy it. He was right. I argue though that it may not have been appropriate reading material for a 16 y/o, but what happened happened and I loved not only reading this series in high school, but passing the books around in my group of friends. Guilty Pleasures is the second-most tattered book […]
I had an incredibly difficult time putting this one down. I want to say I didn’t love it because lets face it… the plot kept pulling me in, then pushing me out, and I found the resolution sadly unfulfilling. However, I loved every bit of the characters and while I had issues with Nate and Ariel being romantic interests (as they felt so old and far away from Bertie) I also know that I wanted so badly for everything to work out with Nate at the end of the book (no further spoilers here!) The writing at the very end was […]
I read this book for the first time when the craze was only just beginning. The book had been out and about in the world for a couple years, but I daresay it only really caught on with the release of Mockingjay. Not to say it wasn’t popular… it just wasn’t a worldwide phenomenon. But I digress. I chose specifically to read this book again after the release of the movie because I spent far too many of the Harry Potter movies griping over every little missing piece that I forgot to enjoy the movie in and of itself. But […]