This is a weekly feature on Pure Imagination inspired by The Story Siren’s YAC but I’m going to do something a little different and just spotlight reviews. Here are the reviews for the week of November 30, 2009.
Jo at Ink and Paper reviewed Evermore by Alyson Noel
“I had a fair bit of trouble reading this book, emotionally. At times, it really did pull on the heart strings, and how could it not? Ever’s pain over the loss of her whole family, and the guilt she feels over believing it was her fault is just so strong, it’s difficult not to feel it yourself. So big, you could almost reach out and touch it. This book is pretty sad, and there were tears from me. In my opinion, this just shows how amazing Noёl’s writing is, and how fantastic the book is, to evoke such strong emotions. Really powerful!”
April at Good Books & Good Wine reviewed Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
“Now, this was not quite as creepy as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, yet I found Life As We Knew it to be just as compelling. I found this book to be scary, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and engrossing. Mostly this is due to the characters whom I feel I know completely. I though Miranda was easy to relate to. She is strong, yet like all people she has her vulnerable moments as well as her selfish moments, one of which brought tears to my eyes. I ask what girl would not be like Miranda if Life As You Knew It were to completely change?”
Sara at The Hiding Spot reviewed Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison
“Taken by Storm was an amazing novel from an extremely talented YA author! Having read both Taken by Storm and Morrison upcoming novel, Sing Me to Sleep, I feel confident when I say that Morrison is an author to watch. For those of you interesting in Taken by Storm or who have read the book, I’ve been told that there will be another novel continuing Leesie and Michael’s story!! I was super excited to hear this!”
Elie at Ellz Reads reviewed Runined by Paula Morris
“Ruined was very well written. The characters were interesting and like-able. The plot was fast-moving and very interesting. The history of Mardi Gras created a great background for the story. I actually found it fascinating. There must have been tons of research done to complete this novel. There were several themes included in the story including racism. Many of scenes described old New Orleans, an area which is rich in history-good and bad. The ending was a bit predictable, but there was quite a bit of foreshadowing in the form of visions that gave clues. It was very well written and kept me turning pages until the end. ”
Rhiannon Hart reviewed Ice by Sarah Beth Durst:
“In a word, Ice is lovely. Sarah Beth Durst’s descriptions of the Arctic are detailed and transporting. It’s unusual for a YA book to be set in such a locale and I appreciated the change of setting. Cassie herself is a pleasure. She becomes caught between two worlds: the future she’s envisaged for herself, and the one she’s destined for because of the promises of her parents and the capriciousness of magical creatures. Because Cassie is an older teen, Durst was able to grant her much of the decision making and tackle obstacles on her own. I enjoyed very much watching her and Bear fall in love. As Cassie could never look upon his face the reasons for their love were for more complex than “because he is handsome”.”
Katie at Sophistikatied Reviews reviewed Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
“Following the supernatural-filled pages of Strange Angels, Betrayals was the perfect second addition to the series. It’s witty, action-packed and the plot opens a can of worms that will have you on the edge of your seat.
I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did Strange Angels. For a good chunk of the time I spent reading, it felt more like a filler book- something to add between main conflicts and plot changes. But regardless, it held the same attitude and boldness that the first one had.”
I have a Reviewers Roundup folder in my Google Readers so if you would like be to add your blog to the folder e-mail me at pureimagination77(at)gmail.com or leave a comment. All reviews are picked at random.