24 May 2018

The Seismic Seven; Katie Slivensky

The Seismic SevenThe Seismic Seven by Katie Slivensky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Starts out as a standard "going to do something interesting during Summer Vacation" book with a bunch of misfits but ends up as a Saving the World book. I don't know that much about vulcanology, or the Yosemite supervolcano, but with Mount Kilauea erupting this is a timely topic. Because this is one of the "save the world" books, there are times when belief must be suspended and, as a result, the characters don't really change or grow (a couple do, but certainly not all of the seven - and the adults are pretty caricatured throughout). How accurate the science is I'll leave to experts.

ARC provided by publisher.

23 May 2018

My Plain Jane; Cynthia Hand

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you like Charlotte Bronte or Jane Eyre, or had thoughts about the juvenilia the Bronte sisters published, this book is for you. There are many references to the various Bronte books and characters (often as throwaway lines) as well as the family history which may elude those who haven't heard of Lowood or know who Edgar Linton is, but that may not matter (since I do know all that, it's difficult to assess how "in the know" a reader needs to be). The tongue-in-cheekness was generally amusing at times, but there were too many "Reader" references!

ARC provided by publisher.