17 November 2016

You in Five Acts; Una LaMarche

You in Five ActsYou in Five Acts by Una LaMarche
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Trying very hard to be clever when a straightforward book would have worked far better. The shifting POV, so we're not entirely clear who "you" is at any given time, doesn't help make the story come to life it just creates a pause while readers figures out who and what. Once the gimmick is dispensed with, this is a standard last semester of school novel, one with all the fears about the future, taking last chances, etc.. It might have helped if the situations weren't so obvious, or if there had been a true Roshomon-effect with the differing POVs.

09 November 2016

Weregirl; C.D. Bell

WeregirlWeregirl by C.D. Bell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not sure if the "were" part is supposed to be symbolic, or if the author is trying for horror - better readers than I can figure that out. What I got was a relatively standard high-school story about a character that isn't quite likeable (likeable enough for me to finish, but not for me to want to learn more about should this turn into a series) with a unique challenge: managing her change into a weregirl. And then there's the love aspect which wasn't convincing. There was promise here, unfulfilled promise.