Friday, December 18, 2009

the feeling of meh...

There must be something wrong with me, because with books lately all I've been feeling is meh.  The past two books I've read have left me feeling completely uninspired.  The last book I really devoured was The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott.  I am working on a book now that was highly recommended by teens on the YALSA list as one of the Best Books for Young Adults, but so far the first chapter or so has been only ok.  Is it the time of year, is it burn-out from work and school, have I hit a saturation point when it comes to YA books and I need to break for a bit?  I don't know what it is.

 I just hope I can get through it and get back to finding some books that I just LOVE!  I miss being really excited about a book, not being able to put it down, and then telling everyone that the must read it right now the minute I put it down.  I want a book that will be up reading until 4 am and then only put down cause my eyes won't stay open.

Maybe I should take a picture of my "to be read" shelf and post it so people can give me recommendations.  Or does anyone have any recommendations to get me out of my meh zone?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Percy Jackson Movie

As many others are, I am psyched for the Percy Jackson movie.  I've seen previews that look pretty awesome and the star looks a little like Zac Efron mixed with an elf, but in a good way.  There is one thing that is worrying me a but about the movie though; the age of the actors.  I saw the girl who is going to play Annabeth (who is beautiful, but not blonde like she is in the book) on Law and Order Criminal Intent playing someone definitely older than a teenager.  And, while Brandon T Jackson is awesome, he is also much older than I'd have pictured Grover.

With my slight trepidation about these age issues, I am still looking forward to the movie, and you can be that I will most likely be there at a midnight showing (if they have one) just like I am for each and every Harry Potter movie (even though the Half-Blood Prince blew big ones).

Monday, December 7, 2009

Wish You Were Read by Todd Strasser

A teen girl writes on her blog that she wishes the popular Lucy would die.  The next day, Lucy disappears.  The community of Soundview is a sleep town full of rich kids, and at first people think Lucy just took off, but Lucy's ex-best friend Madison doesn't buy it.  As the days go by, and Lucy continues to be missing, the town grows more scared.  Then the blogger wishes someone else dead, Lucy's boyfriend Adam, and he disappears too and Madison decides to take action.

I've read good reviews of this book, but to me the writing fell flat.  Madison was not likable, and in fact came across as really flaky.  She's got a crush on Tyler; who is obviously supposed to be a possible suspect.  Lucy disappeared when Madison and Tyler failed to wait until she went into her house when they took her home after a party as part of a "Safe Rides" program.  Madison knows Lucy would not run away, but she's too wrapped up in her crush with Tyler to really bother looking to her friends.  It feels almost Heatherish with the clique full of people who are frenemies, but without the biting wit.