Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

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Plot: A seventeen year old girl living in New York is acting as a faerie queen in the famous play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It turns out, however, that there are faeries in New York, and a human raised in the faerie world is oddly attracted by the girl.

Comments: I loved this book! The main character has a sharp tongue and a fierce temper, and she fits this role perfectly. The way the two main characters interact makes me smile. It gets confusing at times, but if you read carefully and don't give up, you'll get it soon enough. The characters were all very well made, and the words paint a picture in my head as I read. There are a lot of names, though, and that makes it a little hard at times.

Rating: I will give this book an eight and a half out of ten.

Alis by Naomi Rich

Plot: A fourteen year old girl is told she has to marry her forty year old preacher. Ew. So, she decides to run away to the city and find her brother, who ran away seven years before.

Comments: A good book for a rainy day. A good plot with a couple of nice twists I hadn't seen coming. I always love that. Doesn't do a very good job of painting pictures of the characters. Not physically (I always prefer to imagine that myself), but most of the main characters I didn't know very well. Sure, a few traits and maybe a little bit of background, but I never really got a feel of who anyone but the main character really was. Despite that, it's a great adventure story, but not in the way you might think. An unexpected book is almost always a good one.

Rating: I give this book a seven and a half out of ten.

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

Plot: A girl in Louisiana is really bored during the summer, until a ghost starts to haunt her. It won't let her be until she finds out the ghost's secret.

Comments: Pretty good book. It was a little bit creepy, but it's a ghost story, what do you expect? I don't like the main character's best friend; she's rude and always acts superior. But that's how real life is. There's people you like, and people you don't like. It gets too dramatic sometimes. The way the characters interact with one another doesn't seem quite right, but not exactly wrong, either. A good book, but nothing really jumps out at me, nothing really good.

Rating: I give this book a six out of ten.

Questors by Joan Lennon

Plot: Three heros are going to have to go on a quest to save their three worlds from falling apart. Unfortunately, they're needed ten years earlier, so three kids are sent out to save the worlds. They're not even sure what they're supposed to be doing!

Comments: Not bad, not bad at all. It was very confusing in the beginning, and it takes a long time for you to understand a word that's being said, but it's worth the confusion. The way things played out seemed very organized, too. Not sure how to explain that, but maybe that there weren't really any rough edges? It's hard to believe the characters aren't actually alive; it's very easy to imagine them sitting off in one world or another somewhere. Nice ending, but very suspenseful! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

Rating: I give this one a seven out of ten.