Inspector Lethbridge-Stewart And Brigadier Clouseau

Of all the Classic Doctors I have watched – which, granted, isn’t very many – my favorite is Three. I love his sense of humor, his dapperness, his odd fondness for escaping in either super-fast wheelchairs or bright yellow cars. But enough of Three. He’s not the reason I’m writing this post.

Instead, I’m writing about Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, a character who worked for UNIT. He was also an occasional companion of multiple versions of the Doctor, including Three. In the rebooted series you might know him through the episode “Closing Time.”

Anyway, I always giggle when I see the Brigadier because he reminds me of someone else…

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

Inspector Clouseau

Inspector Clouseau

And it gets better – it amuses me to no end to imagine the Brigadier being just as clumsy as Clouseau. Maybe he accidentally, like, pulls the door off the TARDIS or destroys the sonic screwdriver. Or maybe he’s trying to help the Doctor by rounding up evil aliens but he mistakenly lets all the aliens go and arrests normal citizens.

I don’t know, I think it’s funny. But maybe I’m just weird that way.

Is it just me or do you think the two characters look alike as well?

P.S. If you’re weird like me, we can play the game of “does this photo show the Brigadier or Clouseau?” so let me know if you’re interested.

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Double Review Of “Malice” And “Havoc” By Chris Wooding

A few days ago I apologized for posting so many book reviews in a row, saying that I would try harder to spread them out over time. Well, I lied. I have to break my promise because over the weekend I read two amazing books, Malice and Havoc by Chris Wooding, and I want to write about them immediately.

Note: This isn’t a Two-In-One review because those feature two similar books with different authors.

This review is spoiler-free!

Here’s the summary of book one (the second is spoilery, so I won’t post that here):

One you get into the story, there’s no way out.

Everyone’s heard the rumors.  If you gather the right things and say the right words, you’ll be taken to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. It’s a word that few kids know about… and even fewer survive.

Seth and Kady think it’s all a silly myth. But then their friend disappears, and suddenly the rumors don’t seem silly after all. Malice is real. Malice is deadly. And Seth and Kady are about to be trapped inside it.

Why should you read Malice and Havoc? Check out my reasons below.

The books form a duology.

I couldn’t be happier about this. I mean, I love series but… sometimes I don’t want a story0-545-16044-8 that goes on and on, because I lose interest over time. Or it’s just plain hard to track down all the books, let alone in order. For example, I’m currently reading the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy and love it so far, but one glance at my library’s website and I’m questioning whether or not I can find all the books.

But that isn’t a problem with this series. Even better, they feel like acts one and two of a play. More story than can be contained in a single book, yet still relatively short and sweet.

The story doesn’t easily fit into a single genre.

For sure, it is fantasy, graphic novel (I’ll explain that more later), and horror. But there’s also a touch of the contemporary. A bit of paranormal stuff. Oh, and science fiction – maybe even a little steampunk. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO CALL THIS. It really blends genres. I love it.

I can’t decide the age of the intended audience.

Just as Malice and Havoc blur the lines of genres, so too do they dismantle the idea that only certain age groups would enjoy certain books. At my library these two were shelved as YA and while I certainly don’t think that’s erroneous, I don’t think teenagers are the only readers who would like this duology. I think it would work just as well as a children’s book or as middle-grade fiction. I think an imaginative adult would enjoy the books as well.

This is due, in part, to the writing style – neither highbrow nor juvenile. The amount of horror helps too because, while the story is creepy, it never becomes so much so that a kid would be seriously frightened.

Last but not least, I think it has something to do with the characters. My best guess is that they’re fourteen or fifteen but the story never says and honestly, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that knowing the age of the character sometimes makes a reader judge them, makes them decide the character is immature and not worth reading any more about. But that doesn’t happen here.

Malice and Havoc are part graphic novel, part prose.

A bit like The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, really. So no, these books aren’t the first to tell a story using that technique, but they’re still awesome.

I don’t think the books could have been told in any other manner – it’s a story about comic books, for heaven’s sake! Show us installments of the comic!

The story is creepy. But not too creepy.

I actually like being scared. But only a little bit. Stephen King? No, thank you. That’s too much for me. Malice and Havoc, on the other hand, made me feel just like Goldilocks: This story is just right.

I do think the horror lessened slightly during the second book because the mystery of Malice’s existence was explained, but hey. It would’ve been more annoying not to receive an explanation of that fantasy world’s creation.

0-545-16045-6There is no romance.

The story may be YA(ish) and feature a boy and girl who are good friends, but there. Is. No. Romance. It surprised me. It set these books apart from, well, pretty much every book I’ve read lately with their Unnecessary Straight Romances and their Love At First Sight and all that jazz. Both Malice and Havoc have a strong theme of friendship and THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

I love that neither gender differences nor possible romantic interests influence the characters’ feelings towards one another. The issue isn’t, “I’m worried about you because you’re a girl” or “I’m worried about you because I want you to be my boyfriend and that’s kind of difficult if you don’t come back.” The issue is “I’m worried about you because Malice is terrifying and dangerous” and “I’m worried about you because you’re my friend” and “I’m worried about you because I couldn’t bear telling your parents that you died.”

Consider Seth. He’s into saving people, worrying about people, doing his duty. But it’s not a boy-girl thing. Not a “you are the damsel in distress and I must rescue you!” thing. (If anything, Seth seems more concerned about getting his friends Justin and Luke, rather than Kady, out of harm’s way.) He’s just trying to help people. People, no gender specified. He realizes that if terrible things happen and someone must fight them, it might as well be him.


You need to read these books. Seriously. They are, in so many ways, some of the best books I have read lately. Please, I’m begging you. Read them. They are so worth it.

Rating for Malice: 4/5

Rating for Havoc: 3.5/5

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A Writing Tag

I found this tag through The Magic Violinist! Do it on your own blog if you want – I’m not tagging anyone specifically but I will make up my own questions so you can do those, or the ones I did, or both.

MV’s Questions

Fantasy or sci-fi?

To write or to read? I’d rather read fantasy and I’d rather write science fiction. Not what you expected, right? I bet you thought I’d say fantasy for both. But worldbuilding for fantasy is hard.

Male or female protagonists?

Again, to write or to read? I prefer female protagonists in both cases, but my opinion isn’t quite as strong when it comes to reading. I have trouble writing male characters, especially teenage guys.

Epic adventures or simple, small-town life? (This can apply to books and real life.)

Epic adventures, in both situations. I wish I could have fantastical escapades with hobbits and dragons and hippogriffs. But that stuff doesn’t exist in smallish-town Indiana. Sigh.

What book would somebody have to pay you to read?

I don’t know. Any book written by Ayn Rand, maybe? I tried reading a page of one once and I didn’t know why I’d wasted my time.

I do like how she spelled her name, though. I keep a list of interestingly-spelled names to give to future characters.

What book have you reread the most?

I think it’s a three-way tie: I have read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, and All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen at least five times each. Wildly different books, I know, but that’s what I like.

Do you buy used books? Why or why not?

Yes! Yes, yes, yes!

See, I rarely buy new books unless I’ve already read them because I don’t want to waste my money on something I might not like. (So I use the library a lot instead.) But used books are a lot cheaper so when I do want to buy something I haven’t yet read, I prefer used books.

What genre would be wildly out of your comfort zone to write/read?

For writing, I would feel uncomfortable with historical fiction because I would have to do a lot of research – I couldn’t make stuff up like I do with fantasy and other genres.

For reading, I wouldn’t like horror. I’ve read a little, but they’re mostly children’s horror books so they’re usually not too terrifying. I’m a wimp.

First drafts or edits?

This is a hard question. I do like seeing my stories slowly improve through editing, but sometimes editing is a pain in the butt. Actually, it usually is. I supposed I love first drafts more – I love the feeling of putting all my thoughts about the story onto paper.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Daydreaming! Especially after finishing a really good fantasy novel because it makes me feel pumped about writing epic stories of my own! And I usually get all my best ideas late at night as I’m falling asleep, which means I don’t always remember them in the morning!

Do you write stories based on real life experiences? Why or why not?

Sort of. I base characters on people I know, or have something funny that happened to a friend happen to a character, but I don’t often include an event that happened to me. My life hasn’t been very interesting.

My Questions

  1. What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing?
  2. What kind of music do you not like to listen to while writing? Why? Does it distract you or something?
  3. Who or what was the inspiration for the first character you ever wrote?
  4. Do you usually have romance in your stories? Why or why not?
  5. Which author(s) do you think you write like?
  6. Are your stories usually funny or serious?
  7. What is the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
  8. What is the worst thing someone has ever said about your writing?
  9. Why are all these questions about writing?
  10. Would you rather own a castle or all the chocolate in the world?

Have a lovely weekend, readers!

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Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

perksThis review is spoiler-free!

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

I finally read it!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower seems to be one of the YA books to read, with a huge following similar to what The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, and John Green’s books enjoy.

It’s also contemporary fiction, hence why I was originally uninterested in it - I prefer fantasy or science fiction or humor.

But I did end up enjoying the book – not adoring, just enjoying – so here are my thoughts on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Note: Sorry for having so many book reviews at once! I’ll try harder to spread them out over time.


The writing style is super-simplistic.

And yet, I didn’t mind this. Chbosky pulls this off because the book is told in first-person, narrated by Charlie. The author couldn’t use this style otherwise because it is a bit immature – which works for the character, but would reflect badly on the author if used for third-person.

I don’t understand the book’s cover.

I mean, green is a pretty color, but… what’s up with the design? The title is too small and not placed where it will be easy to see. There’s a lot of negative space, and I have no idea what the leg picture is supposed to represent.

Actually, it looks remarkably like something my brother and I might design, if we had to work together. My brother isn’t artistic (so he wouldn’t care about its aesthetic appeal) and I have the technological skills of a flea (so I’d have trouble fiddling around with the font and leg picture to make them the size I wanted).

There’s a reason I write rather than illustrate.

The story felt so real.

Early on, Charlie writes, “It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.” That is essentially how I felt while reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I didn’t love it so much that I just had to keep reading because I was desperate to learn what happened next. But when I did pick it up, the world just kind of dissolved around me and I felt like Charlie, Patrick, Sam, and all the others were friends I’d known forever.

That is one of the positive aspects of reading contemporary fiction, I guess. The stories are more realistic. While I may love hobbits and dragons and all that, it’s not as easy to pretend that their world is my own.

The book covers a lot of “issues” and sometimes they overwhelmed the rest of the story.

For example, it discusses drinking, drugs, LGBTQ+, teen pregnancy, molestation, and suicide. Yeah. That’s a lot. And this book isn’t very long, so sometimes it felt like the story bounced around from issue to issue without spending enough time on each.

For the record, I can think of two books that deal with a similar amount of “issues,” but do so in more depth. The first is Linda Newbery’s Sisterland which deals with, among other things, drinking, LGBTQ+ and teen pregnancy. (Plus racism and religion and the Holocaust. But this book is at least twice as long as The Perks of Being a Wallflower.) The other “issue” book is The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. Yes, I talk about this one a lot. No, I will never stop recommending it because it’s just that good. It deals with drinking, drugs, LGBTQ+, et cetera.

Epistolary novels are awesome!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one such novel, as you probably already figured out. I love books told through documents (usually letters) - I wouldn’t want to read them all the time, but they’re a nice change from other formats. I loved not being told who Charlie is writing to. I loved guessing who it might be.


So there you have it. Some part of the book needed improvement but nothing was just plain awful, and overall I liked it. It made me think and laugh and almost cry.

What is your opinion of The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

Rating: 3/5

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A Book, An Assignment, And A Wedding

I don’t often post about homeschooling. I infrequently talk only briefly about books I’ve read. I scarcely ever write about Game of Thrones. And I almost never write blog posts concerning three completely different subjects.

But I’m going to do all of the above today, because there are multiple things I’d like to discuss and none of them are lengthy enough to justify writing individual posts. So without further ado, here they are.



I read Joseph Conrad’s classic work, Heart of Darkness, a few days ago and it. Was. Amazing. I could’ve done without the occasional half-page-long sentences and the “omg Africans are savages!” attitude, but I enjoyed the philosophical aspect of the book. The parts about foolishness and futility and false expectations? Yeah, they were brilliant.

Not bad for a book that I read purely because it was short – I’m trying to read one hundred books this year (this was my thirty-ninth) so length doesn’t matter. The copy I borrowed from the library was only one hundred and ten pages. Of course, the shortness also means that I don’t have as much to say about it, hence why I’m not writing a full review as usual.

Anyway, I highly recommend Heart of Darkness, especially if you like, well, dark books. It’s dark, but not very violent, and I haven’t encountered that kind of book before.


As I wrote above, it’s not often that I post about homeschooling, and it’s even more rare for me to fangirl about it. But I have a fantastic assignment this week, so I will. My brother and I studied short stories earlier this semester, but we’ve since moved on to poetry and I am having so much fun with it.

This week, our topic is “music as poetry,” which involves analyzing the meaning of songs and identifying their poetic devices. I’m only required to do this for one song of my mom’s choosing and one of my own, but I’ve already decided to do more because it’s fun.

So far I’ve analyzed “Stop This Train” by John Mayer (meh, but my only other choice was some Eagles song and I despise the Eagles) and Coldplay’s “Atlas” from Catching Fire. I think I’ll also do Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” from The Desolation of Smaug and either “The Rains of Castamere” from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin or something from U2. And maybe some other stuff.

Aside from the John Mayer and U2 songs, this combines some of my favorite things: music, poetry, geeking out about literary devices, and – because they’re all fandom-related songs – thinking about stories.


I have been waiting and waiting for the fourth season of Game of Thrones to air because IT’S FINALLY PURPLE WEDDING TIME. Well, the episode – “The Lion and the Rose” was perfect, at least the half that I saw. (I skipped the parts with Bran because he’s as dull as the cereal he’s named after.)

It was a lot more violent than I expected. I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t be, I mean, this is Game of Thrones. But [spoilery name redacted]‘s death was much more graphic than what I imagined from the book, and now I actually kind of miss him because he was such a fascinating villain.

And I don’t know why I bothered to redact the spoilery stuff, because it’s probably pretty obvious who I’m talking about.

Anyway. What else? Oh, yes. House Tyrell appreciation time. Margarey looked gorgeous, but then she always does. And I’m pretty sure I know who poisoned Mr. Spoiler-Redacted, which makes me love their family even more.

And LORAS. He’s such a dork. My favorite scene was this one, starting around 4:15. I mean, really. Dude. Stop checking out / flirting with other guys at your sister’s wedding. I tried to explain the story to a friend the other day by comparing the families to Hogwarts houses and I said that House Tyrell is probably Hufflepuff – well, Loras is the most Hufflepuffian of them all.

And last but not least, you should check out Matt’s review of the episode.


So. What’s been going on in your life? Do you agree with my thoughts about Heart of Darkness? Do you like poetry? And would you let George R.R. Martin plan your wedding?

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Review: Fangirl

fangirlThis review is spoiler-free!

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Nearly a year ago, I read the fabulous Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The other day, I finally tried another of her books. Following are my thoughts on Fangirl.


Its subject matter is very unique.

If I’d been thinking more clearly, I would’ve included Fangirl in last week’s list of the top ten most unique books. Evidently I wasn’t, though. Oh, well.

Anyway. I’ve never read any other book about fanfiction. I know some books basically are fanfiction – Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is apparently glorified Harry Potter fanfiction, and Fifty Shades of Grey is a Twilight rip-off. (This never ceases to amuse me, because why would anyone want to copy Twilight?)

But I’d never read a book about someone who wrote fanfiction.

I related to Cath. A lot.

First, let me explain how I feel about fanfiction – because Cath and I are both fans, but she’s a fanfiction-fan and I’m… I don’t know what.

I never got into fanfiction. I’ve tried it. Didn’t like it. Actually, it wasn’t so much that I didn’t like it as I just didn’t see the point – most of my fandoms have a ton of stories, canon stories, stories not written by fans. What’s the point in Tolkien fanfiction when the man wrote thousands of pages about Middle-earth, not just in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion but in The Children of Húrin and Unfinished Tales? Why would you read Doctor Who fanfiction, when there are seven series of New Who, twenty-six seasons of Classic Who, a movie, radio plays, and novels?

Of course, some people do like fanfiction. But I’d rather go through all of “the real thing” first.

Also, the only fanfiction I really want is Raven Cycle stuff, because I love that story and hate waiting a year for each new book. Alas, it is a tiny, neglected fandom, and I haven’t found much.

I’m more of a film score fan, really.

But broadly speaking, I am a fan. Just like Cath. And I understood her adoration of a series, her enthusiasm that usually led to people looking at her strangely. And I understood all the references.

I loved the Harry Potter references.

I’m pretty sure Simon and Baz were supposed to be Harry and Draco. Other things made me think of Dumbledore, the Marauders, et cetera.

The plot certainly took its own time in developing.

Fangirl was long – nearly four hundred and fifty pages – and the plot moved slowly. And yet, it wasn’t boring. Many chapters dealt with ordinary life: going out, attending class, blah blah blah. I liked that approach because it felt more realistic. Too many books hit all the extreme points (either highs or lows) in a character’s life, which makes for thrilling reading, but doesn’t tell me anything about an ordinary day in their life. And I want to know that. Well, Fangirl had sections where life just went on as quietly as it ever had, but there weren’t so many of those that I became bored.

I didn’t understand the resolution of Wren’s character arc.

Once in college, Cath copes by throwing herself into her writing, rarely leaving her room. Wren, on the other hand, copes by drinking. Eventually their dad finds out, tells her to stop, and – she does.

Other than that small issue, I loved Fangirl‘s ending. But the solution to Wren’s problem seemed unrealistic. OK, so most of what I know about alcoholics comes from the descriptions of Haymitch in The Hunger Games, but is it actually that easy to quit? I felt that Rowell was trying too hard for a happy ending, a perfect resolution for all her characters.

I’m pretty sure that Professor Piper was supposed to be Rainbow Rowell.

I mean, read the description of the character and then look at the author photo on the inside back cover. I’m fairly certain she wrote herself into the book, in looks at least.

Actually, I hope just in looks, because I found the professor rather unpleasant.

Levi. Levi Levi LEVI.

Levi! I adored Levi. He was kind and happy-go-lucky and I’m not doing a great job of endearing him to you, am I? That’s because I am tired and do not feel like thinking of suitable adjectives you need to read the book and see for yourself how wonderful he is.


So, that’s what I thought about Fangirl. It’s an ode to geekery, and a wonderful one at that. Not as hipster-ish as Eleanor & Park, but I was more than OK with that. I’m glad I decided to read it.

What did you think of Fangirl? And do you write fanfiction?

Rating: 4/5

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Review: I Am Number Four

i am number fourThis review is spoiler-free!

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They killed them all.

I am Number Four. I am next.

I intended to post a review of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl today but I’m having difficulty in writing a coherent piece, so how about a review of I Am Number Four instead? I picked it up the other day because I’d heard neat things about it previously and it seemed to have both aliens and superheroes as characters. This review will follow a format I’ve used before, where I make a list to sort through the good and bad points of a book.


GOOD: I really liked John as a narrator.

For whatever reason – maybe my favorite authors don’t write them well, maybe I can’t relate – I don’t find most male narrators that memorable. Percy Jackson, Bilbo Baggins, and John Watson are notable exceptions. I like male characters overall, but I’m just kind of meh about guys narrating. I guess I’d rather read about girls kicking butt.

However, I liked John and his narration. He can be a bit stereotypical at times (see my point below about Sarah) but otherwise, he’s a neat guy. Smart, honest, not afraid to show affection. I loved the father/son relationship between John and his guardian, Henri.

BAD: The romance between John and Sarah felt forced and unrealistic.

It’s possible that I’m an antisocial weirdo who doesn’t know how relationships work, so can someone explain to me if it is normal for two people to be dating within about three days of meeting one another?

I didn’t get it. John immediately fell in love with Sarah because she was hot – seriously, he was all “OMG, her blue eyes” and “wow, her blonde hair.” Like he’d never seen such eyes or hair before. There wasn’t much crush-time to speak of. The two began dating pretty much right away.

So is it just me, or is that a bit weird? I’ve had loads of crushes – I’m in the middle of about three right now, which makes for a mess of feelings – but it’s never ever been anything serious if I didn’t know the person for at least a couple months. And here John and Sarah were, saying “love” a few weeks after they met.

Basically, it felt like Pittacus Lore (what kind of name is that anyway? I bet it’s a pseudonym) thought every story needs romance so he added a cute girlfriend.

GOOD: There were aliens! Who were also superheroes! (Kind of.)

I don’t often read science fiction that includes aliens – I mostly read dystopian these days, I’m afraid. I Am Number Four was therefore a nice change from my usual selections in this regard.

I especially enjoyed the parts of the book that talked about Lorien before its invasion.

BAD: Some secondary characters, such as Mark, lacked character development or motivation.

At first, Mark is aggressive towards John. Why? Um, I’m not sure. Supposedly it’s because John is interested in Sarah, Mark’s ex-girlfriend. But they’re, well, exes. They’re over. I don’t know why Mark was so worked up over it, and I could have done without the hyper-macho “dude, I’m going to beat you up” nonsense.

And then, Mark suddenly changed his attitude. By the end of the book he was actually friends with John. It felt forced, like Pittacus Lore wanted a happy ending and didn’t mind if that didn’t fit with what he’d written earlier. I mean, John did beat up Mark pretty badly earlier. But now everything is OK?

GOOD: The book featured a lot of action and adventure.

It reminded me of the Maximum Ride series in its glory days, thanks to the characters with superpowers, realistic dialogue, and child characters who live on the run. There was a lot of tension because John never knew when his time would come, when the Mogadorian would find Number Four.

BAD: The book was too long.

I mean, I liked the action and everything, but I Am Number Four was four hundred and fifty pages long and after a while I just couldn’t see the point. Numerous sections could’ve been cut – all the lovey-dovey mush between Sarah and John, for example. Or the descriptions of training sessions that seemed identical to each other. After a while, the action-filled sections just became an excuse to blow things up.


I Am Number Four was an interesting read. It wasn’t what I normally try, and it frustrated me as often as it delighted me. I’m not sure if I will read the sequels and I definitely won’t watch the movie but for a non-dystopian YA science fiction novel, I Am Number Four was a decent choice.

If you’ve read it, what did you think?

P.S. Thanks to this book, Divergent (Four/Tobias), and Doctor Who (Four aka the one played by Tom Baker), I am now very confused and it might be a good idea to avoid fangirling with me about Four unless you give me some context. Then I can be all, “Ah, you mean the one who transferred factions / wears the long scarf / has Loric superpowers!”

Rating: 3/5

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