Sorry I never posted a review last week. I had every intention of finding a few minutes to post a review but… well… I was on vacation and I was just having too much fun with my family! ;-) We spent the week in NYC and did a variety of cultural, educational, and just plain fun stuff. Every day was exhausting, but my son insisted that we still make time to read at least a chapter every night before we crashed at the hotel. As much as I enjoy reading with my kid, it was a little creepy — because we were reading the dead & the gone, which is all about post-apocalyptic NYC! And because we were reading that book, it reminded me that I had to finish the Monument 14 series (another post-apocalyptic story) when I got home. So, I decided that would be the subject of my first post back.
I finally read this book because of Justine Larbalestier’s new book Razorhurst, which just came out in the beginning of March. While talking to a friend about the interesting concept of Razorhurst, she asked if I had read Liar. I admitted that I hadn’t and decided I should read the older book before moving on to the new book. The only problem is that I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this story. There was just something about this book that rubbed me the wrong way. I mean…
Happy Teen Tech Week, everybody! Before I get to the actual audiobook review, I would just like to take a moment to remind y’all that public libraries are about WAY more than just books. Of course we lend out books and audiobooks — but we also lend music, movies, and video games. Many public libraries even lend e-books and downloadable audiobooks FOR FREE via OverDrive.com! As someone who listens to audiobooks ravenously, always has an ebook waiting on her Kindle, and is cheaper than cheap, this service is something I’m thrilled to take advantage of and to share with my library patrons and blog readers. (There are even streaming video and magazines available now on OverDrive, though I haven’t fully explored those options yet.) But, I digress.
I have always loved fairy tales, though I have often wondered how it was that all the “big bads” got away with so much. Why was it that no one ever stepped up and did anything about the people who abused their power? Sure, Cinderella got away from her terrible stepmother — but why wasn’t her stepmother held accountable for the things she had done? This story goes outside the box and brings a little bit of justice into the mix with the Fairy Tale Reform School. The teachers at FTRS — such as Cinderella’s stepmother, the sea witch from the Little Mermaid, and the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood — are actually working to atone for their bad deeds. Such a clever premise!
OK everybody… I am geeking out BIG TIME over here because Emma Watson will be playing Belle in Disney’s new [live action] Beauty & the Beast movie! So, since I am obsessing over *that* fairy tale remake, I thought it only made sense to do a book review for *another* fairy tale remake I recently enjoyed. As I’ve admitted before, I’m a reader who often chooses to read/listen to a book based on my gut reaction to its cover. I read tons of book reviews as I make purchasing decisions, so I often forget what most of the books are about before they arrive. Even though I must have read a review for this book (since I decided to purchase it), nevertheless, I didn’t remember a thing about it. I honestly thought it was going to be a murder mystery or an action thriller when I saw in on the shelf a few months ago. Since I was nearing the end of my audiobook and I saw that the downloadable audiobook for this title was available via OverDrive, I decided to just go for it… Color me surprised when I started listening and realized it was more like Beastly than Dark Song! Continue reading
I don’t know if this makes me crazy/strange, but I just HAD to hold off on reviewing this book so that it could be my 666th post! What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a book with a modern day grim reaper on the cover? ;-) (Sadly, it seems that my WP dashboard and the message I got after posting my last review disagree on how many posts I’ve previously posted… so this could potentially be my 667th post, but I’m just gonna pretend it’s my 666th post anyway!) Continue reading
If you’re looking to scare yourself into being more environmentally conscientious, this is a book you should probably read! Not only does it provide an entirely plausible scenario for how individuals will be effected when oil starts to run out — including but not limited to gasoline shortages and electricity blackouts — but it also goes into more global ramifications, like the potential for war. Continue reading