Arcadia Awakens, with its unusual plot and rich setting, promised to be a bit more creative than a lot of the paranormal YA circulating at the moment. In the end, however, it didn’t quite work for me.
I found the writing quite clunky. Whether it’s Meyer’s style of writing or a consequence of the translation I don’t know, (Arcadia Awakens was originally written in German), but sentences didn’t flow as well as they could have and the dialogue felt stilted and awkward. I also didn’t feel the characters reacted convincingly to the often bizarre things that were going on around them. And while I love Greek mythology, the whole snake/cat romance just didn’t work for me here. A shame, as I could have really gotten into a Romeo and Juliet type romance with a mafia setting and some shapeshifters thrown in.
*Many thanks to Templar for providing a copy for review*
Swim the Fly is a lot of fun and a refreshing change of pace in the YA market. While this is most definitely a ‘boy’s book’, its one that girls and adults can also appreciate and enjoy. Matt, Coop and Sean’s summer goal is to finally see a girl naked, but Matt is also determined to impress a girl called Kelly. Naturally, the only way to do this is by volunteering to swim the 100-yard butterfly. Needless to say, nothing goes according to plan and ridiculous hilarity ensues.
If you’re not a fan of toilet humor, this probably isn’t the book for you. For the most part I was torn between horror and hysterics. By all accounts, Calame appears to have pretty much nailed the inner workings of the adolescent boy – perhaps a little too well (there’s only so much time in a teenage boy’s head I can take). Yes, some parts were a little over the top, but Swim the Fly, while as gross and cringe-worthy at times as you might imagine, has some surprisingly heart-warming moments as well.
*Many thanks to Templar for providing a copy for review *
I didn’t love the first book in this series, Forgive My Fins, but since I was kindly sent Fins are Forever for review and I remembered quite liking Quince, I thought, what the heck?
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not a mermaid kind of girl (unless its Splash. I loved that movie, which is probably proof that I would have quite liked this book when I was a kid, despite how I feel about it now). These days however, I find Tera Lynn Child’s narrative too young and simplistic for my reading tastes, a re-occurring issue for me with her books.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Templar to review and take part in the blog tour for Kirsty Murray’s upcoming new book India Dark. If you need more than a gorgeous cover to make you want to snatch this one up, check out my review over here.
For my stop on the tour, I got to ask Kirsty some questions about the real Lilliputian’s, her characters and touring India. Continue reading
Published: 1st January 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA
Recommended Reading Age: 14+
Madras, 1910: Posey Swift and Tilly Sweetrick are caught up in a scandal that will change their lives forever. Singing and dancing across a hundred stages as members of a troupe of Australian child performers, they travel by steam train into the heart of India. But as one disaster follows another, money runs short and tempers fray. What must the girls do to protect themselves, and how many lives will be ruined if they try to break free?
Is anyone else drooling over this cover? Because it is gorgeous. Even though I have an ARC, kindly provided by Templar, I’m very tempted to buy the published book simply so I can have that cover on my book shelf! Continue reading