Sunday, May 10, 2009

Book Bits #2

Book Bits are mini-mini-reviews of books that I either don't have time or inclination to review fully.  However, I have read the entirety of the books I mention.  (For the purposes of GRaB, Book Bits counts as one review.)

I wish I'd had time to review these books, but dealing with another round of The Plague (aka "Catching-Strep-Throat-from-a-Three-Year-Old") I am afraid I won't get around to it.  If you've reviewed any of these books, leave your permalink in the comments so others can check out varying opinions!

Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Dead Is the New BlackSeptember 1st 2008 by Harcourt Paperbacks
Paperback, 204 pages
0152064087 (isbn13: 9780152064082)
  rating: 3 of 5 stars
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV show) meets Charmed (the TV show) in this quick, very fun, slightly predictable novel; you'll love the three sisters Daisy, Poppy and Rose

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Generation Dead2008 by Hyperion
392 pages
143210921X (isbn13: 9781432109211)
  rating: 2 of 5 stars
In the US, some teenagers who die aren't staying dead; they're termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic." Funny premise, thought-provoking social issues; still, the writing was less than well executed, a somewhat ponderous read

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Princess of the Midnight BallJanuary 20th 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Hardcover, 280 pages
1599903229 (isbn13: 9781599903224)
  rating: 3 of 5 stars
lovely re-imagining of 12 Dancing Princesses but lacking the full punch of a work like Robin McKinley's Beauty

Death By LatteDeath By Latte by Linda Gerber
September 18th 2008 by Puffin
Paperback, 224 pages
0142411183 (isbn13: 9780142411186)
rating: 2 of 5 stars
more like a spy-thriller than a mystery; "The Fugitive" for pre-teen and reluctant teen readers, but the protagonist Aphra is hard to connect with

4 comments:

  1. Wow Aerin! You are a reading machine! I currently have Princess of the Midnight Ball on my nightstand! Can't wait to tear into it!

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  2. I love your phrase, book bits. Death by Latte sounds like something that might work in our library. Lots of non and reluctant readers.

    Hope you don't get too sick. Rest (who can rest with kids?).

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  3. Hm, I just ordered Generation Dead but I haven't read it yet. Guess I'll see how much I like it!

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  4. Great reviews :)
    I hope you feel better.

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