30 September 2013

Breathe

Author: Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe #1
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Finally, a breath of fresh air in young adult (*rim shot*).  Seriously, though, Breathe was better than expected for a typical young adult novel in this day and age.

First of all, the story is told in the typical first person narrative, but it is told through three different narrators - Bea, Quinn, and Alina.  All three have quite different lives and personalities and each endures different aspects of the story.  When all three are woven together, they make a solid narrative.

This story also contains your typical young adult love triangle.  But it's only typical in the fact that it exists in the novel.  For starters, Crossan switches it up with two girls and one guy instead of the typical two guys obsessing over one girl.  And while the romance/live triangle exists, it doesn't smother you as you make your way through the novel.

As for the world Crossan creates, it's a new type of dystopian even though it contains a lot of the familiar aspects (corrupt 'government', small controlling interest trying to maintain monopoly, a small group fighting for change out in the deserted world... etc etc.).

It isn't a stay up all night under the covers with a flashlight excitement of a read, but its unique enough and well written enough to be an engaging read.  Enough so that I definitely can't wait to put my name on the wait list for the next volume when it's available at the library.

Fruits Basket, Volume 13

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #13
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Yuki is the last to have his parent teacher conference, and this volume definitely focuses on him for a majority.  His mother finally makes an appearance, and she is just as warm and fuzzy as you would expect.  Yuki, however, starts sticking up for himself and starts branching out and dare I say even make friends!

Tohru meets Momiji's little sister, Momo, while trying to get into the Sohma house for a visit with Kureno.  Momo is definitely a cutie and there is a very touching Momiji scene.  It almost appears as if he is starting to grow up.

Tohru and gang head to Kyoto for their class field trip, and with the whole gang included, it definitely adds to some fun and laughs.

27 September 2013

Inhuman

Author: Kat Falls
Series: Fetch #1
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

ARC received from the publisher for an honest review.

Even though I read the description and knew this novel revolved around mutations, I was still expecting zombies for some reason.  Indeed, as you start reading, the whole world is set up as the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.  The premise is not that different in this novel if you just replace brain eating zombies with animal zombies.

I am not sure how an infection/virus/disease would work that would mix animal DNA with human DNA and make you slowly turn into(physical attributes as well as behavioral) the animal whose DNA has been mixed, but I tried not to dwell on the question much because when I did, I came up on the complete opposite end of the spectrum than the world that Falls creates.

Like most of the current YA fiction realm, this story revolves around a young female narrator.  Quite early on into the novel, she meets two new boys, and a triangle develops almost instantly.  Nothing original in that side of the plot.  She is a sheltered girl who has her life flipped when she discovers that her father is not the innocent art dealer she always thought.  When he goes missing and his life ends up in danger thanks to a corrupt "government" worker, she sets out on a race against the clock to find her dad in the scary world past the protection of the walls around her town into the feral world.  Again, a basic premise that is not 100% original.

Falls does add a twist with the mutated people that instead of acting like zombies, are at least in part animalistic from a viral disease that has killed off much of the population of the world (the whole issue of the ferals brings up the questioning of what makes us "human", and the fine line that separates us from all the other mammals out there).  Only a few scattered townships/cities still exist with no formal government in place anymore.

Once Lane ventures out into the feral world is when the plot really begins to take a dive.  Up until this point, I was really enjoying the novel as it starts off strong even though she uses hand sanitizer around 100 times in the first 30 pages (and then, ironically, later when she is surrounded by germs and manimals, suddenly she no longer has the Monkish need to feel clean/protected.  Interesting.  If you are going to give a character such a pronounced characteristic, please follow through on it throughout the entirety of the novel).  And while I never really connected fully with Lane, she wasn't as obnoxious as a lot of current day "heroine" narrators.  In this novel, it was the plot over the characters that really got me.

First, we introduce a serial killer.  Enter the smart ass, many times obnoxious Rafe.  The subplot of the serial killer is his write in/reasoning to continue his journey with her initially (we get another more realistic reason a little further down the line, though it all just seemed a little too coincidental for my liking).  This whole serial killer plot was awkward for the majority of the novel and the twistish plotline involving the return of it later in the book did not impress me.

The twist involving Everson (about his reasoning for joining the crusade) is the one that did surprise me although, again, it was far too coincidental for my liking.  But regardless of the two "love interests", my real issue with the plot revolves around her dad.  While it is the centerpiece for the main plot of the novel and her entire reasoning behind venturing out into the feral world, it takes a backseat for the last 50% of the novel.  And yes, at least this plot line is resolved (kind of) in the end, but it (too!) seemed highly coincidental and the resolution of the plot line felt far too thrown together as an aftermath in an attempt to bring closure at the end of the novel, while still leaving enough gaps to continue with the next in the Fetch series.

Overall, it was unique enough that I enjoyed it, but I am still waiting for a release this year to really just blow my mind away.

23 September 2013

Fruits Basket, Volume 12

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #12
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Parent teacher conferences start as the gang's summer ends and they all go back to school.  Shigure fills in for Tohru's guardian when her grandfather is unable to make it.  And Kyo stays true to his word about wanting to spend more time with Tohru while he still has the chance.

As for Kagura, she finally has a heart to heart with Kyo, and on one hand I finally see her as a true "person" and not just a super annoying character always screaming and beating people up.  But on the other hand, her heart to heart leaves me just as irritated with her as always.

Shigure has his own little "heart to heart" with Tohru's teacher, but again I really couldn't care less about this particular side plot in the series.  Sensei shows up for Kyo's conference, however, and I always love his dialogue with the characters.  Rin is annoying and rude as always (my feelings towards her are similar to Kagura) but I guess her heart is sort of kind of in the right place.

22 September 2013

Fruits Basket, Volume 11

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #11
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

The Sohmas continue to enjoy the summer at the family summerhouse, and Akito continues to dampen everyone's moods.

While the last volume focused a lot on Yuki, this volume focuses a lot on Kyo.  At Akito's request, Kyo goes to visit him and the visit reveals a very sad truth regarding Kyo's future.

Ren also makes an appearance, and Tohru meets the final member(s) of the Zodiac that she hasn't met before.

Fruits Basket, Volume 10

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #10
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Summer is here and our favorite members of the Sohma family head to their summerhouse with Tohru in toe.  But when the rest of the cursed family members are invited - and show up - not only do competitions start to form but tensions start to rise.

This volume is a great developmental volume for not only Yuki, but Tohru and Kyo as well.  One of the Sohma members finds out they are going to have a younger sibling.  And a surprise visitor to the summerhouse throws the whole trip into jeopardy.

This volume also introduces a new love triangle of sorts while introducing a new character, and while I am a fan of Hatori and all, this trip down memory lane seems a little unnecessary and didn't really hold my interest.  Apart from the Hatori and Shigure middle hunk of the volume, I enjoyed.

21 September 2013

Death Note, Volume 12

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #12
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

So, I am listening to 30STM's Conquistador and Up in the Air while I am writing this review, and as some of the lyrics run through my ears, I have to smile at how fitting they are for the conclusion of this series.

I have to admit, for the past five volumes or so (basically - since L died, however long ago that was) I haven't really been impressed with the series much.  It has been interesting enough to keep my attention, but it has taken me a lot longer to get through the second leg of this series than how quickly I devoured the early volumes.

The same did not hold true for the final volume.  I finished the eleventh volume just two hours ago, and I have already finished the final volume, deleted some software off my laptop, and written the review for the eleventh volume in that time.  Wow.

The ultimate battle of wits finally plays out and it is an ultimate game of chess indeed.  I have to admit, the final seven pages made no sense to me whatsoever.  I went ahead and threw "Death Note ending" into Google to try to get some perspective, but to no avail.  It led to a bunch of cry babies wailing over how much they hated the ending.  To be fair, I do not fall into this category.

This is a fight to the death

This lyric from Conquistador is what sticks out the most for me right now as I write this review and have 30STM playing in the background.  With all practicality, I knew either Light or Near was going to have to die.  It's how the entire final volume was set up in that creepy old warehouse.  And I liked the way it played out, especially since it brought into play some of the other minor characters who have been kind of a laughing joke of the series.  With this being said, I was fully ready to give this final volume 4 or even 4.5 stars.

But then I got to the last seven pages and couldn't do it because they didn't tie in with everything else.  Plus, I read on Google that a year or more after this "final" volume of Death Note they released a follow up volume 13.  And, I am sorry, but I absolutely hate it when authors follow up "finished" series with more novels/volumes (cough, Cassandra Clare, cough).  I lost a lot of respect for the series upon reading that, and I have to admit it soiled this volume for me.  I certainly won't be reading it.  Let the end be the end, writers.  Please, for the love of Kira God.

Death Note, Volume 11

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #11
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

So, I will admit I read volume 12 before writing this review.  While that doesn't change my rating of this volume, it does make me appreciate it a little more.  After all, this volume is basically a set up for the ending.  So while nothing really exciting happens in this volume per se, it does set up for an awesome game of chess in the final volume.

19 September 2013

BZRK Reloaded

Author: Michael Grant
Series: BZRK #2
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

I had kept BZRK on my To Read list for a while, so when I got access to an ARC galley from the publisher, I pushed myself to go ahead and check it out of the library to read.  I love sci fi novels and while BZRK was inherently nothing special, it was interesting enough to get me into the this sequel.

This sequel, however, was similar to an English homework reading assignment.  It seems as if it took me ages to read, and I kept putting it off in lieu of television or other books I was also reading.  Procrastination at its finest.

For one, I never felt connected to these characters.  The series as a whole has severely lacked character development.  It's hard to care about the characters' situations when you don't even care about the characters in general.  And the whole Plath/Noah relationship is so underdeveloped it's more of a laughing point in the plot than anything else.

Then we get to the main plot(s) of this novel.  While the plot of BZRK was ok, the plot of BZRK Reloaded reminded me of a train wreck.  We had numerous different plot lines going on and most of them never connected or made any sense at all.  My main point here, without getting into spoiler depth detail, is the Doll Ship.  I realize Plath made one of the conjoined twins a "little" crazy at the end of the first novel when she did a haphazard rewiring of his brain, but the Doll Ship is something that appears to have been in the works long before that.  And I guess it is a legitimate concept to point at and go "Wow, these guys really are crazy sociopaths; no wonder they want to take over the world" but then we get into the gray territory of somewhat plausible sci fi to crazy sci fi.

Overall, it's hard to pin point exactly where BZRK Reloaded lost me when I was okay with the first in the series.  Perhaps it is the accumulation of all the plot pitfalls and lack of character development combined, or even something else that I can't quite put my finger on, but BZRK Reloaded was definitely not up my alley and I do not plan on taking this series any further in my reading lists.

Death Note, Volume 10

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #10
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

The game is still afoot!  Near is closing in on Kira, and Mello is getting closer by following Near (which seams to defeat the whole pretense of them being rivals to see who can figure out who is Kira first).  Light has passed possession of the Death Note onto someone he can only hope is a true believer and who can understand Kira's intentions... but having to relinquish his power definitely has to be a bruise to his ego.  And, Light runs into an old friend and might just have found a way to throw some of the suspicion away from him.  I have to admit, with Light's ego being as big as it is, it does seem pretty suspicious that the original L would be the only one who would have found out the truth by now...

16 September 2013

Death Note, Volume 9

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #9
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Can I start by saying that I'm still not convinced Mello is a guy?  He most definitely looks like a girl.

The focus of this volume shifts away from Light a good deal to focus on the rivalry between Near and Mello as both try to stop Kira first.  And while I loved the back and forth between Light and L, the battle between Light/Near/Mello just isn't quite as exciting as it was between Light and L.

The noose finds itself tightening around Light a little, and for the first time he might be outmatched.  So the suspense is still there, it's just not quite as intense.

14 September 2013

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale

Story: Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Chris Samnee
Series: Serenity #3
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

I have to admit, the Shepherd was not one of my favorite characters in Firefly, but I love how he seems a bit like a walking contradiction.  His personality is great too.  But I think he works better as a member of the group and how he interacts with the other characters.

Unlike the first two volumes in the Serenity series, this volume - as suggested by the title - focuses almost solely on the Shepherd and not the Firefly crew as a whole.  So while the story is still good and interesting, it just didn't live up to the expectations I had in regards to its prequels and the television show/movie.  I don't think it would have mattered which character was the focus; I don't think I would have liked a single character volume as much as the volumes featuring the whole gang.

08 September 2013

Outpost

Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #2
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Here is yet another book that proclaims it is for fans of The Hunger Games.  And while it shares some fundamentals similarities to THG, saying the Razorland series is like the Hunger Games is like saying people that enjoyed the Hunger Games movie will enjoy The Walking Dead television show.

But enough with my constant moaning about riding THG coattails.  I will say that I did enjoy Outpost more than Enclave, as the characters seemed to develop a lot more during the second novel in the series.  Enclave did not leave much of an impression on me the first time around and while I did enjoy it the second time I read it last month in preparation for Outpost, I still would not slap it on my list of favorites.  I will say, however, that Outpost is at least a little more impactful than Enclave.

Sure, the stereotypical love triangle obligatory to YA fiction is still rooted in the characters of Deuce, Fade and Stalker.  And I am not sure my suspension of disbelief is willing to stretch as far as Aguirre is trying to pull it with regards to the direction she is taking the zombies in.  But I have to admit, the more I dabble into the mess that is YA zombie fiction, the more I take a liking to the Razorland series.  Granted, the plots and themes can be cliched, but compared to the other body of fiction that exists in the genre, Razorland is definitely in the top 50% of its class.

While more enjoyable than Enclave, it still just seems to be missing that little something that is hard to explain but you know it when you read it.  It is not the type of book that sucks you in and demands all night binges while it slowly takes over your life.  But it is interesting and exciting enough to get me to read Horde when it comes out later this year.

06 September 2013

Perfect Game

Author: Fred Bowen
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

I am a sucker for a sports story, even one geared to tweenage boys, so I took a chance and got an ARC copy of this book from the publisher.  I'm glad I did.  A quick and easy read for someone like myself, it is a good story for 10 - 15 years old boys and girls alike.  I grew up playing fall ball and summer ball along with my brother.  And while this is a story about baseball, it's also about a lot more than that.

Bowen touches on how much pressure parents put on kids these days, even for recreational sports.  Isaac is not unlike a lot of kids I played softball with and that my brother played baseball with, whose overbearing fathers/parents tried to make them perfect at their game, all the while sucking most of the fun out of the sport for their child.

While I have volunteered with many organizations for kids, I regret to say I haven't had the opportunity to help out the Special Olympics yet, although my brother has.  As someone who grew up babysitting for a family with children with Down's syndrome, I instantly took a liking to Isaac as he began to form a friendship with Kevin and help him out of his shell and into basketball with the other kids.  "Retarded" is a word that kids when I was growing up threw around a lot, and while most kids don't mean anything by it, it can be hurtful when used whether intended or not.

This book is a baseball novel like Moneyball is a baseball movie.  It has some insightful motives that kids in the target audience might miss the virtues of, but that older readers can see and hope that today's youth can understand and accept.

Eve & Adam

Authors: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Let's start with the side characters and work our way up, shall we?  First, let's start with Maddox.  I know that he is supposed to be a trouble maker and we probably aren't supposed to like him and sure, I bet there are hundreds of dead beats just like him in San Fran.  But still.  The mere fact that Maddox exists, coupled with the fact that Aislin can't seem to cut her ties with him makes me dislike not only Maddox but Aislin as well.  I can't feel sympathy for someone who isn't willing to help themselves.  And then how Aislin's storyline plays out in the end... well, compared to how the first 250 pages of the book went, it seemed like a really quick 180 turn for her that I didn't quite buy to fit how her character was developed.

Then we get to Solo.  Supposedly super smart, and hell bent on revenge against Eve's mother because she is the reason his parents are dead.  Okay, sure, why not.  But the way the ending played out for him as well reveals he is just a kid, and even a high IQ doesn't prevent him from being pretty stupid and not thinking things all the way through.  He is smart enough to hack into her mother's company for what sounds like years, but he isn't smart enough to check all the information he is leaking from the company and cross reference it to make sure what he thinks is, in fact, the truth?  For someone with such a long, thought out plan, that seems like a major flaw.  Don't want to get into too much detail because I'd hate to spoil, but hopefully this makes sense once/if you read it.

Then we get to Eve.  I don't quite know how I feel about her.  Or her mother for that matter.  Even though half of the story is told in her POV, I still don't feel like I really connected with her on any level.  Perhaps since this story falls into the realm of sci-fi for me, and I just can't see a billionare letting her teenage daughter use multi-million/billion dollar software (especially since her mother may be against the whole God complex?).

I think my main issues with this book (beside issues with characters) deal mostly with the ending.  There is a twist, and I don't mind that at all as it makes it interesting.  But the ending doesn't seem too well developed and brings up a lot of questions to me.  Again, I don't want to get into too much detail as it would involve major spoilers, but revelations at the end seem to be counter intuitive to how the plot and characters were set up in the beginning of the story.

Overall, I think it's a fun, light sci-fi novel with the obligatory YA light romance thrown it for good measure whether it adds to the plot or not.  Good for the tweenagers and teenagers target audience, but probably a little too light and flawed for 20-somethings like myself and older that like to stick to YA.

05 September 2013

Serenity: Better Days

Story: Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews and Will Conrad
Series: Serenity #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

While this is the second volume in the Serenity comic series, it is hard to classify it as a sequel to Those Left Behind.  Better Days does not pick up where Those Left Behind ended; instead, it is set in a time during Firefly, before the events of Those Left Behind.

The core of the story, regardless of its placement along the Firefly/Serenity timeline is solid.  After a heist that actually goes according to plan, the team gets to enjoy a little R&R time and we get to explore the characters a little more by seeing what each of them would do if they were basking in wealth.

But since happy days are not what the Serenity crew are accustomed to, the tides quickly change and the action and witty banter hold true to what we have come to expect from this wonderful set of characters.

The ending, a revealing moment between Mal and Inara, is a perfect ending and really sums up what makes Mal... Mal.  My biggest gripe with this installment is that it is far too short in my opinion.

On to the next one!

03 September 2013

Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?

Author: Louise Rennison
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Oh Georgia, my little pally, it is so sad to see you go.  It was as real as two real things are... err... you know... it was a laugh.  It was definitely a laugh.  And a laugh.

I will miss your crazy sister with her plethora of not so soft or stuffed animals/toys.

I will miss your crazy half wild cat crossed bred kitty, as well as his cross eyed spawn.  I may even miss his minx of a mistress strutting her stuff across the catwalk.

I will miss your neighbors next door and across the street that like to make loud noises about legitimate complaints and wear inappropriate undergarments outside when they are awoken in the dead of night by your bonkers Angus.

I may even miss the Prat poodles.  I will at least miss Angus riding them around like little horses.

I will certainly miss the Ace Gang, although I may not miss your constant falling outs with Jas.  I did like the one time you had to give miss big knickers a piggy back ride home in order for her to forgive you.  That was right swell and a hoot and a half.  I would tell you to be a bit nicer to her, but then all your ironic comments about Jas being self centered and not paying attention to you would be lacking, and we can't have that.

I will even miss the crazy boys, both the ones that you've snogged (though I will miss them the least) and the ones that your pallies have snogged.  I will even miss the ones no one snogged at all.

I will miss your crazy mum, your crazy vati, and your even crazier grandvati.  Even the knitting lady, I will probably miss her too.  Angus always liked her presents.  Your uncle as well, he's as much of a laugh as Dave is.

I will most certainly miss your school plays.  I only wish we got more details about the unforgettable performances.

I will not miss Mr. Attwood.  Wasn't he supposed to retire a while back?

I will not miss your crazed obsessions with make up or boys, but I will miss the trouble both of these guilty pleasures get you into.

It's been a.... real ride, Gee.

But please, don't write.  Your post scripts take up half the parcel.  I will give you a call if we need to talk in the future.  Hopefully your vati won't mind a collect call from Hamburger-a-gogo-land.

If I see Robbie or Masimo, I will make sure I let you know.  Oo-er.

Death Note, Volume 8

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #8
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

I have to say, the series just isn't the same without L.  While N and M (ha, catchy!  Except, not really) start their own internal battle of wits, as well as a battle between M and Light (and really Near and Light as well), it just doesn't have the same connection as the battle between L and Light.  But perhaps I am getting a little too caught up on the loss of L.  I, like Kira, must stay focused.  I do have to admit, Near is pretty much a younger L.  And with the struggle of possession of the Death Note, I have to admit things are still interesting.  People all still dropping dead all over the place, and Light still gets that super evil, super creepy, super scary look on his face while he is plotting.  The power struggle continues to say nothing else.

Sure, it isn't as exciting at the first few books in the series.  But it's still an interesting read, and I do still want to know if (or, more accurately, how) Light will eventually be caught.

01 September 2013

BZRK

Author: Michael Grant
Series: BZRK #1
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

The first sentence of the description of this book on Goodreads is "Love The Hunger Games?"  Well, let me start off by saying this book does not even remotely relate to THG.  It is not set in a dystopian society.  And while you have two different factions battling each other trying to gain power, most of it happens on a micro level and in the brain, not kids killing kids with arrows or machetes to be the last one standing for the enjoyment of the elite.

I'm not sure I entirely grasped the underlying motives behind why the antagonist group was trying to kill off the leaders of the power countries.  Grant might have gone into detail in the back story; I cannot be true.  Truth be told, this story was a speed reader scanner for me.  Action packed more than plot heavy, I speed read through the book in about a week while I focused mainly on other books I was reading.

Compared to his Gone series, this book is a breeze to read.  It is much shorter and much more dense and adventurous with a lot of action packed in for a smaller punch.  It took me forever to get through Gone and I haven't even made a dent on Hunger yet.  I am going to go out on a limb and say if you are a Michael Grant fan, than this novel will not disappoint.

While the whys behind the actions aren't clear to me, the premise of the book was still interesting and slightly terrifying.  The whole scene when the little bot thing is crawling across the eye for the first time trying to make its way under the person's skin really grossed me out.  I have a hard enough time putting my contact lenses in my eyes without thinking about everything on the micro level (although it is a comfort to know that wearing contact lenses might make me less of a target should this technology ever be released on the public).

Now back to what I touched on at the beginning with THG.  I do get tired of authors and publishers trying to ride the coattails of THG, especially when their product is comparing apples to oranges.  If they want to compare this novel to another one out there, I would say it is a tuned down YA spin off of Micro, the half completed Michael Crichton novel.  The same principles of battling out in the micro world exist, although Grant takes it a step further into a more complex world of dealing with the micro and macro worlds at the same time.  Trying to pay attention to the novel while the characters were fighting on the macro world and splitting their vision between two bots on the micro world confused even me just trying to read it, so I could somewhat sympathize with the characters and their issues trying to multitask.

All and all, this book isn't as gripping as I would have liked.  The story and characters never really sucked me in, and there was the obligatory YA romance thrown in that definitely felt like a forced afterthought for ratings (although, to his credit, Grant had the characters admit it was a bit of an afterthought if nothing else).  I don't know if I would ever read this novel again, and it isn't one I am currently going to buy, but it was interesting enough to continue on with the sequel, which is the reason I finally got around to reading this book in the first place.

Stop in the Name of Pants!

Author: Louise Rennison
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #9
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Well, Georgia still has herself in a bit of a pickle in the boy department, but I try not to hold that against her too much.  While the Luuuuurve God and Dave the Laugh are heavily dominate in this novel (including a sideshow of the Sex God as well), luckily there is enough action elsewhere to keep the laughs coming in this book.

Libs is back to her crazy incidents, including getting her bum stuck in a bucket.  Angus gets into some trouble and gives everyone a bit of a scare.  And Gordie is still up to no good playing nice with the poodles.

The love rectangle/pentagon is getting a little old, as the more Georgia mulls over all the different boys in her life, the less and less I like her.  And her treatment of Jas can be a bit rough, but her antics with the Ace Gang are still a laugh.  While certainly not as funny as the first installments in the series, it is still a fun read.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the series ends and looking forward to saying goodbye to all the loons in Boboland.