Imaginary Girls — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Nova Ren Suma

released: June 14, 2011

format: hard back, paper back, e-book

pages: 352 pages

publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Read: April 28, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com • B&N.com

The Down-low

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about. (from Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

It’s creepy — like Twilight Zone creepy and will keep you guessing until the end.  If you like writing that will keep you hanging on every word, wondering what is around the corner, then you’ll love this book.

My Thoughts

The first time I saw this book was before it ever came out — and I knew I had to read it based on the cover alone.  It is one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a long time.  I finally picked it up and by the time I did, they’d changed the cover.  I’m not sure why since the original was so amazing.

I’m still reeling from the fog of this book — it was mesmerizing, fantastically written, über creepy and kept you guessing until the end.  However, I somehow came out not liking the book.  I tried to like it, I really did.  There are so many good things going for it, but I just didn’t ‘click’ with the story.

I’ve never felt like this about a book — I appreciate what the author did, but ultimately it was not for me.  Which is crazy, since under normal circumstances I would have come out ranting and raving.

The Good:

The creep factor

The author gives you enough information to understand and be even more confused all at once.  Very Lost-esque.

The writing — especially the imagery

There isn’t too much romance to cloud to the story

The creepy town has roots in real history

The Bad

I didn’t resonate with Ruby, this mesmerizing person whom everyone seems to love.  I have never been one to be charmed by those types of people, so maybe that is why she came across as mean and controlling.

I didn’t feel sorry for the characters like I should have.  I guess they just didn’t develop enough for me to have any feelings for them.  Normally I can be gutted pretty easily over a character, but I didn’t even feel a glimpse of that with this book.

Things were too surreal.  I love a mystery, and not being able to solve it actually spurs my logical brain, because I’m constantly trying to figure out what is going on before it happens.  This usually works out to my benefit — either I figure things out and can relax and enjoy the story, or I’m suprised and then excited about the fact that I was bested by the author.  However, this novel had me so up in arms about what was really going on that I couldn’t really focus on anything else — which basically left me wanting it to just be over so I would finally know.

This isn’t a book I would ultimately discourage someone for reading — more caution.  The things I disliked about the book may be the things you’ll love about it.  Read some reviews on Goodreads — some positive and negative — and you should be able to gauge if this one is for you.

Overall

Two point five out of Five Stars

Can’t Hardly Wait

Here are some books I’ve got on pre-order.  Oh, the wait!

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What books are you most looking forward to coming out in 2013?

Die for Me — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Amy Plum

released: May 10, 2011

format: hard back, paper back, audio-book, e-book

pages: 352 pages

publisher: HarperTeen

Read: April 25, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com • B&N.com

The Down-low

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again. (from Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This is the first book in Amy Plum’s paranormal romance series.  While there are some similarities to the Twilight series, this book is a fresh new world of mythical beings.  Set in the City of Lights, you will fall in love with Paris along with the characters of the book.  Die for Me is sure to sweep you off your feet!

My Thoughts

This book was completely off my radar.  I first saw it at B&N and was intrigued by the cover and the fact that I had never even heard of it.  Then, I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I broke down and bought it.  BEST decision I’ve made in a long time!

We start with a tragedy — Katie’s parents have just died in a car wreck, leaving her sister Georgia to care for her.  Having family in France, the girls decide to leave Brooklyn and move to Paris.  Can I just say that I LOVE books set in International towns, but this one was by far one of my favorites.  You can really get beyond the touristy scenes of the town and imagine what it is like to live there.  And the author throws in a lot of French, but it isn’t so much that you can’t understand what is going on.

The book is well paced, written, and most of all, the paranormal concept was different from the hordes of vampire and werewolf books we’ve been seeing the last five years.  I won’t give away WHAT Vincent is, but obviously he isn’t a ‘normal’ human.  That being said, you will see SOME hints at Twilight-esque themes.  I think nearly every book out will be compared to Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter in some way.  It is inevitable — and if you are okay with that, this book will be a delight.

As with many teenage romances, some of the scenes are a bit eyeroll-y.  The perfect bad boy and ‘I like him but I act perturbed at every turn’ girl isn’t new — but I think those little flaws can be overlooked for something that is quite spectacular.

Overall, this was a book that took me by surprise (in the best way) and catapulted the series into my list of favorites.  The paranormal aspect is facinating, refreshing, and unique.  And Kate and Vincent are just too adorable for words.

Overall

4_5stars