I’ve read a lot of books lately. If I posted individual reviews for each and every one of them, the next few weeks’ posts would be nothing but book reviews, and that would be boring. So I’m reusing an idea from an earlier post – mini book reviews! Enjoy!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
My parents kept telling me how good this book was, so finally I read it. And they were right!
To me, the most memorable aspect of Unbroken is its basis in fact. This is a true story. The “main character,” Louie Zamperini, really did compete in the Olympics. And survived a plane crash into the ocean. And survived for forty-seven days on a raft. And survived months and months spent in a Japanese POW camp. (And lived for close to one hundred years. He died just a few months ago.)
It’s just stunning, how much he experienced in one lifetime.
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Rrrrgh. This book. I wish its insides were as good as its outsides: In other words, it had a gorgeous, candy-colored cover, and… not much inside. The novel is about a modern-day girl who finds herself haunted by the ghost of Marie Antoinette. Sounds interesting, right?
Er. Maybe if the characters hadn’t been so shallow. Maybe if the ending hadn’t felt so abrupt and weak. Not recommended.
Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin by Anthony Horowitz
I’m so conflicted about this book! I loved the previous books in the Alex Rider series, but in the end I think this one was just too different from its predecessors for my taste.
All nine earlier novels told the story of Alex Rider, a teen spy. Russian Roulette told the story of Yassen Gregorovich, an assassin and one of Alex’s first enemies. I found Yassen fascinating in the earlier books and was excited to read another story about him, but… I don’t know. This book wasn’t bad, but something was missing. I think I’d been reading about Alex for so long that to read about anyone else in his universe just felt weird.
Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
This is, as stated by the title, the history of the Harry Potter books from their beginnings in the 1990s to about 2007 – written by a woman who was really, really involved in the fandom and even created a website for it, The Leaky Cauldron.
I’m not even a huge fan of the series anymore, but… I totally understand being utterly fascinated by a story, so I enjoyed the author’s unabashed geekiness. This could be a really fun book to read at the same time as Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, which is a fictional account of the experiences of a major fan – and is actually loosely based on the Harry Potter fandom, to boot.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
I LOVE HER WRITING STYLE. Malala Yousafzai is extremely eloquent, but she also manages to write as if she were just casually talking to you. Not too fancy, not too chatty. I thought I would enjoy the book for its story, not for its writing. Well, I enjoyed it for both.
I really loved reading about the relationship between Malala and her father. He encouraged her so much when she was a little girl, and eventually they began doing activist work together, and it’s just really cool.
This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
This book is over three hundred pages long. I read it in slightly under three-quarters of an hour.
It’s a graphic novel, if you were wondering.
And it has BEAUTIFUL ART. I love the Tamaki’s artistic style, and their experimentation with different panel sizes and page lay-outs. And I really like the coloring of the pictures, too – they’re not black and white. They’re blueish-purple and white.
But what about the story? Um. Well, it’s about the friendship between two girls, and it’s sweet, but… um. I felt that it didn’t really go anywhere. There wasn’t much of a resolution. It’s nice if you like slice-of-life stories, but might fall a bit short if you don’t.
The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy
The third book in the hilarious Skulduggery Pleasant series! As usual, the story amused me, and yet I felt there was something missing. It seemed like I was merely waiting for the next book in the series, and I wasn’t very much interested in The Faceless Ones‘ new characters.
Still, it wasn’t bad for a short read. Its writing style is ridiculously simple and I spent maybe two hours, tops, reading it – even though it’s almost four hundred pages in length.
I’m anxious to read the next books in the series, but neither of the local libraries have copies of the sequels! [Worried look] Rrrgh.
If you’ve read any of the books listed above, what was your opinion of them? And what have you read lately?
P.S. I am currently reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. After that, I plan to read Fan Art by Sarah Tregay and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.