08 May 2016

Frannie and Tru; Karen Hattrup

Frannie and TruFrannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great sense of place and characters, but somehow it still didn't work: the characters were a bit stock (well drawn stock, but stock just the same). Frannie's summer growth didn't really seem to change her, nor did it confirm who she already she was, it just happened while she rather passively let it happen - and that's tricky when she spends so much of the book trying to make things happen or being angry! It's difficult for me to put my finger on the exact thing that was wrong, I just wasn't wowed by this one.

ARC provided by publisher.

Saving Montgomery Sole; Mariko Tamaki

Saving Montgomery SoleSaving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Can we please have a moratorium on the gay best friend who loves theatre? or art? It'd be great if once that GBF was into sports or nothing special. Beyond that, this is a perfectly ok book about not judging before getting to know another person and about questioning who you are and what you believe.

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Wake of Vultures; Lila Bowen

Wake of Vultures (The Shadow, #1)Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is trying to be historical western (as in Wild Wild West) vampire fiction. After 50 pages, DNF.

The Firefly Code; Megan Frazer Blakemore

The Firefly CodeThe Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The idea that there's a "utopia" (or, more accurately, several) that is, in reality, more Big Brother and dystopia is not new (think The Giver or City of Ember). So there's a lot in this book that feels familiar, yet the children here feel a little realer than in those books - they could almost be kids playing on your block, swimming in your neighborhood pool. And for some reason, the ways in which they question Old Harmonie and what's going on also feel more real, more natural than elsewhere, probably because the town is presented as being rather natural and familiar. The problem is the pacing and some of the Big Discoveries (what's in Number 9, for example, could have been more than it actually is); the ending is so abrupt, again like in The Giver but here there's less ambiguity and more "get ready for Book Two".

ARC provided by publisher.