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review 2018-11-15 03:58
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire,Cynthia Hopkins

Series: Wayward Children #1

 

I probably should have know better than to try another book by Seanan McGuire, but this was available at my library so I figured I'd give it a shot.

 

This wasn't the book for me. It started out with an interesting concept (kids travel to weird worlds and then back to the boring old real world), but the whole thing just fell flat for me. Part of it may have been the delivery of the audiobook, which may represent Nancy's style well but did not make for riveting listening. Overall I just found the concerns to be just too YA for me (high school aged kids acting like high school aged kids) and the dénouement to be a little too telegraphed. Oh and all the talk about high logic vs nonsense directions was tedious.

 

Lots of people loved it; it just wasn't for me. Maybe I should have abandoned it.

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review 2018-09-17 00:03
People Kill People
People Kill People - Ellen Hopkins
The first words in this book captured the essence of this novel, “Guns don’t kill people, People kill people.” Following this conception, which I agree with, Ellen draws us into the lives of six individuals whose lives were affected by violence.
 
Although this novel is not written in Ellen’s typical style, it’s not written in long narrative form either but a form that’s somewhere down the middle. As Ellen introduced the characters, I saw how each of their lives were different yet somehow guns and/or violence entered into their life. I had a feeling as the story progressed that things were going to get much worse before they got better as their situations were becoming tense and for some of them, it felt as if the characters were looking for this type of excitement.
 
It’s the reality of Ellen’s characters and the accuracy of their lives that make this novel hit home. It’s a tough subject, a topic that we all know too well yet it’s one we can’t shut our eyes to. We want to be informed but where will that lead us?
 
As I turn on the TV at night, this loss of life seems to be a nightly occurrence. I don’t want to watch it but I know it’s all around me and I can’t shut it out. Why some individuals take aim at others and at themselves, sometimes over trivial things, I just don’t understand. It doesn’t have to be a gun that causes the fatality. It could be a variety of other means that causes this life to end, guns are just sometimes easier to obtain. For a killing is a killing, a death is a death.
 
Ellen shows us life, without blinders. She shows us why.

 

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review 2018-08-05 15:31
Ein Buch was mich echt ber├╝hrt hat
Die Blumenschwestern: Roman - Gabriele Weber-Jaric,Cathy Hopkins

Erstmal geht mein Dank an den Goldmann Verlag für das kostenlose Rezensionexemplar :)
Als ich das Buch angefangen habe, dachte ich nur das wird sicher langweilig, aber das gegenteil war der Fall.
Wir lernen hier drei Schwestern kennen, unterschiedlich wie Tag und Nacht und die treffen sich zur Testamentveröffentlichung der Mama wieder. Sie haben bis da kaum noch Kontakt gehabt, aber ihre Mutter will das Unmögliche. Die 3 sollen sich wieder annähern und das Erbe tritt erst in Kraft wenn sie bestimmte Wochenenden zusammen verbringen, eins der Tage wird nicht Wahrgenommen geht das Erbe nicht an die Frauen. Also reißen sie sich zusammen und treten die Aufgabe an , die Mutter hat die Wochenende komplett durch geplant und langsam finden sie wieder zusammen, aber ein Schatten sieht über die Frauen und trifft sie erneut schwer.

Das Buch bringt ein zu lachen und zum Nachdenken. Mich hat es echt gepackt , Ich habe mit Daisy,Rose und Fleur mitgelitten, jede hat ihr Päckchen zu tragen und nur langsam kommen sie ans Licht.
Die Idee mit der Mama und ihren Videos finde ich persönlich zu genial, auf diese Idee muß man erstmal kommen.
Die Charakter sind auch alle gut ausgearbeitet und nicht so hingeklatscht.

Mein Fazit:
Wer Familienstorys mag wird das Buch lieben :)

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review 2018-02-19 07:56
Leave this one to the young people it's meant for
Impulse - Ellen Hopkins

Less than two months into 2018, I've hit my first hard DNF/had to abandon at a bit less than 50%.

I was very excited to read this. I love poetry and psych hospital settings when done well. The hyper-emotional style of much sick-lit fits well with teenagers, so all of this sounded worth a chance to me. I showed up early at the library on Saturday February 3rd to get the copy they'd set aside.

I've tried ever since to read this book. I just can't get through it. I realize I'm in the minority here, but I got nothing from it. Verse, which I normally love, may have stopped connection to any of the characters. It's not strict or tight scheme. It's just enough to elude communication either from the characters or author herself. The characters seemed flat and absurdly unrealistic at times. While I could follow the story, I was getting nothing from it.

I feel almost sure that as a young teenager, I might have liked this, so clearly it wasn't written for me, and my review is really only for the older folks who often read younger lit -- you may want to sit this one out. Let the kids enjoy this one on their own. (But then make sure they know the truth about some of the many many issues in this volume.)

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review 2018-02-14 00:00
Bound by a Dragon
Bound by a Dragon - Linda K. Hopkins I didn't finish this book, mostly because I found it to be bland and pretty boring. The big reveal happens in an instant, not to mention the insta-love thing. I pretty much couldn't bring myself to care about what happens to the characters. Also, I really disliked how one-dimensional the characters are. The mother doesn't care, doesn't believe her daughter, it's comical how she's written. I didn't feel like the characters behaved like actual people because there wasn't really any character development or if there was, it was like a line or two. I guess the village's hate was understandable but her family? I would expect her mother to be more realistic somehow. Still, it was simplistic the way it was written. Maybe it could have been shown better? I don't know. Most of the book focused mainly on the romance- it would have been better if we got to see how the world works a bit more or even if the romance was written better.

As for the romance, it was the typical stuff I'm starting to shun. The whole instantly falling in love with someone you only get to glance at a few times and maybe talk to for a few times. I don't understand how they fell in love. She was the only one who wasn't afraid? That's it? It was boring, I couldn't care less about what happens.
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