I suppose I’m opening myself up to a world of hurt here, but my book discussion group of ladies who work in the library just finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
(Here’s a read more so as to not clog up your dash and also for those few people who haven’t read the book yet. You should probably get on that.)
Hello, book pals. It’s been quite some time since the last post and I sincerely apologize for that! But I guess I’ll just jump right into this - my thoughts on Cress:
Overall, I’m always excited to dive into a new Lunar Chronicles story. Marissa Meyer really created a fascinating universe for readers to hop into.
Heyo! Almost always (unless it’s something unusual like a translation), whenever a book is reprinted the only thing that changes is the cover and possibly the formatting of the text inside the book, like font, spacing, etc. The story always stays the same.* They might add in some extras, like previews of the next book in a paperback or discussion guides. Neither I nor Ola have read this particular edition yet, but I think it’s safe to say that the story is the same.
As for your Snape question (in the other ask), I don’t think Snape is on any of the covers. The covers illustrate important scenes in every book:
1. Harry and Hagrid in Diagon Alley
2. Ron, Harry, and the twins flying the car to the Burrow
3. Harry conjuring his patronus at the lake surrounded by dementors
4. Harry getting the golden egg from the dragon at the Triwizard tournament
5. Harry, et al riding thestrals to the Ministry of Magic
6. Harry and Dumbledore on their mission to get the locket
7. Harry, Ron, and Hermione riding the blind dragon into battle
It’s possible Snape is on one of the back covers, but I didn’t see him. Let me know which book you were talking about and I’ll take a look at it!
*I guess that’s not true. Sometimes authors catch some mistakes and change them in future reprintings. But I think this is a rare occurrence.
WHAT UP - I’m rolling a bunch of books I just finished or am re-reading via audiobook into one post. Holla.
In audiobooks, I am currently re-listening to Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and it is totes adorbs. Park is so SMOOTH. I don’t remember him being so smooth in the book. I also love the guy who reads Park’s parts. Excellent choice.
I also briefly started The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater while I was waiting for E&P to come in. I kind of don’t like the narrator :| But I’m not very far into it, maybe he will grow on me. I DO really love this book, so I’m excited to re-listen to it :D
Remember this picture?
I totally finished all these books! Woohoo!
I am pretty much a 5-star junkie because I gave all these books 5 stars on Goodreads :)
Reviews (sort of?) under the cut!
While browsing the newest YA books in the library, I picked this up because the title was so blunt and I was honestly curious as to what the story line would be about. Reading the blurb, I saw that despite the title, that isn’t all that the book was about.
So I checked it out, read it, and liked it so much.
In terms of writing, there was such a clear voice that came off the pages through each paragraph. It was realistic, with casual descriptions of what would go through a teenage boy’s mind, but also you could hear the hurt and pain that the narrator, Evan, was going through. There were accurate depictions of what it’s like to be in a constant state of confliction, different parts of your brain fighting and arguing with the other.
In terms of the story line, I will repeat, this book is not just a crazy story of sex scandals and brawls. Instead, the sex and violence is what spawned the story itself. The story of Sex & Violence is Evan piecing himself together after severe physical and emotional damage, so convinced that he is doomed to be “fucked up” forever.
I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I picked it up to make fun of it, and now I’ve finished it and I’m praising it.
So I’ve been listening to The Raven Boys audiobook (it’s fabulous, give it a listen).
And I had a thought. You know what TV show I would watch?
THE RAVEN BOYS.
Think about it. The season(s) long arc would be the search for Glendower. And then every episode they could help people solve some psychic mysteries.
It would be great! Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel or something.
THINK ABOUT IT.