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 December 14, 2009.
Book Chic reviewed Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton:
“I enjoyed the concept of modern-day cupids and how they would get people to fall in love with each other. The summary though is a bit misleading- the story is more realistic than fantasy and the situation with Maya is not all that dire. I thought the heart splitting in three was a consequence of doing more than one and it’s not; in fact, Felicity’s boss never catches on to what’s happening and no magical backfiring occurs (maybe I’m thinking too much in terms of Sabrina the Teenage Witch spell-gone-awry plots). The plot is somewhat neatly wrapped up by the end, but I’m excited to see where it all goes next in the sequel, Flirting with Disaster.”
Book Chick City reviewed Fallen by Lauren Kat:
“The story starts out a little slow at the beginning and not a lot really happens in the way of action until half way through the book. The days Luce spends at Sword and Cross reform school, where she has been sent after an incident with a fire, which killed her ex-boyfriend, does become a little repetitive and drawn out and all I really wanted was the story to get going. But I think the author was trying to set the scene, give us some really well developed characters and lots of suspense before revealing all. In retrospect, I liked this approach as sometimes a story can move along quickly but then have no depth at all. “
Yan at Books by Their Cover reviewed The Naughty List by Suzanne Young:
“I feel the story would have been a lot more believable if the three guys hadn’t been her best friends. Maybe it is just me but it seems hard to believe that four kids would grow up together, having always been best friends, and then as soon as the girl of the group grows boobs, things change SO dramatically. I can understand her and Shakes getting kind of romantic, I actually liked that. However the whole part of where her other two guy ‘best friends’ get jealous, grab and fondle her boobs while Shakes sits by and does nothing, and then spread nasty rumors about her is so unrealistic. Not saying it could never happen, because after all, stranger things have. I’m just saying that it seems so forced and very improbable. Touch did at least have a good overall message about lying, why some people do it, and what happens as a result.”
Nikki at A Haunt of Ancient Peace reviewed Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater:
“Grace’s obsession with the wolves is integral to the story, but her apparent love for the wolves, not Sam the person, but being in love with a wolf prior to knowing it/he was a person, is just weird to me. It made me view Grace in a skewed way. I can understand her obsession, but her being in love just didn’t make sense to me. There was also some language that I absolutely could not stand. Grace is 17 and Sam is 18 and I don’t need them to be dropping f-bombs left and right, but saying ‘poopy’!? No. Realistically, a 17 or 18 year old would not say poopy and it just made me laugh. Sam’s constant lyrical, poetic breakthroughs were annoying and some scenes were way too sappy for my liking.”
Jenny at Wondrous Reads reviewed The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison:
“The quaint-sounding Tickey End is a great location for this adventure to unfold, and I could easily imagine faeries roaming the vividly described woods and surrounding areas. The faeries themselves were fascinating, and I loved the different types that Tanya encountered. My stand-out favourite would have to be Brunswick, an ugly little goblin with a kind heart and thoughts for someone other than himself. I’ve always been drawn to little creatures, and as soon as he appeared on the page, I was firmly on his side.”
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.