Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Super Short Reviews (5)

If you're somewhat new to my blog, you might notice that I'm a bit of a slacker when it comes to posting. If you're an old follower, you might notice that I used to post with far more frequency than I do now. Short version: life got in the way of blogging--and reading. I'm doing the best I can, but. The primary reason I started this blog was to keep track of everything I've read, and to remember if I liked it or not. So these super short reviews are for you, but also just a quick reminder of the books I've read. Enjoy!

All links go to Goodreads, and all books were borrowed from the library, unless otherwise noted.

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa Bick (read for 2012 Standalone Challenge):
Very good story, dark and uncomfortable to read at times (although not quite uncomfortable enough to put on my MAHROAT list). I couldn't read this book fast enough. Very compelling. This is not your ordinary student-has-affair-with-teacher story.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (read for 2012 Sophomore Challenge--and also 2012 Standalone!):
This book was so very complex--it's not just a road trip story, it's not just a story of unrequited love, it's not just a music story. There are so many layers. Can I just say that there were so many aspects of this story that were visual--Colby's artwork, Bev's little sculptures, tattoos--that I was seriously disappointed with the cover of this book. None of the girls in the book really resemble the model on the cover, and the cover gives the book a whole different feel. Normally I don't really care about covers (unless they're super awesome), but I felt that this one was a total bust.

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis (read for 2012 TBR Challenge--own book):
I enjoyed this story. Luna is only 15, but she's the only child of famous and wealthy parents,  so at times she seems much more mature than she actually is. What makes her likable, though, is that she does, occasionally, let that 15-year-old side show. This wasn't as sad a book as I thought it would be--Luna is listening to the last seven messages on her dead mom's cell phone, trying to determine if her mother's death was, in fact, accidental--but that's OK. There's romance, mystery, and HELLO! New York from a rich girl's perspective!

Enjoy your reading!

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