Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Plain Kate by Erin Bow - Slow but Ends Well

Plain KatePlain Kate by Erin Bow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If it wasn't for the last two chapters of this book, I probably would have given it an okay. Leading up to the end, the book traveled a little slow for my taste. However, the book is being marketed as a middle grade and it may be just the right speed for a young person. I found some of the issues with blood a little unecessary but to each his own. I commend Ms. Bow for finishing the book with steadfast determination over the long haul. I totally can appreciate her effort. I have read many a review that really liked this book a lot. I'm just one reader of hundreds of thousands. If it peaks your interest try it.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

A blue So Dark by Holly Schindler - Dark but a new window to see through

A Blue So DarkA Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At times this book was hard to read. Not because the story was bad, no, because the story was very good. The writing draws a very clear picture. I wanted to jump into the pages and give Aura a hand. I was really angry with the adults in her life that should lover her, but left her to deal with the situation all alone and robbed of her adolescence. I didn’t fully conceptualize the painting and drawing descriptions but being slightly creative with words myself, I really enjoyed the poetry and how it laid foundation for the feelings at the time.

I discovered this book via a review by a book blogger I follow. She wrote ”This is one of the most impressively written debut novels I've read this year. (And that's saying a lot because I've read a lot of them!) But it wasn't just the writing that was so striking... the characterization, the story... everything! It was... WOW.” I do agree. If you like reality read that walk awhile is someone else’s shoes here’s your book.

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