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Tara’s CBR-III Review #52: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

NUMBER FIFTY-TWO!!! I finished! Is there anything specific I need to do or let someone know that I finished?

 

Cannonball Read III: Book #52/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 544 (190,458 total pages so far)
Genre: Fiction

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I love Ellen Hopkins. She finally wrote an adult novel (she normally writes YA) and I’ve been really excited to read it. My only complaint is that the Kindle edition is going for $12.99! I really wish publishers would keep the price under $10. They’re making mostly profit off of it anyways since there are no physical costs (ink, paper, etc.).
Triangles revolves around three women, all who are in entangled in some sort of extramarital affair. Holly has recently lost a lot of weight and enjoys the attention she is now getting from men. Usually it ends with some shameless flirting, but now she’s delving deeper. Her best friend Andrea is a single mom with a teenage daughter who can’t seem to find a decent guy to date…so she finds herself in bed with Holly’s neglected husband. Andrea’s sister, Marissa, finds out her husband has been cheating while she stays at home with her special needs daughter and deals with her son coming out as being gay.
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Tara’s CBR-III Review #51: The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Felber

Cannonball Read III: Book #51/52

Published: 2005
Pages: 160 (189,914 total pages so far)
Genre: Self-help

Okay, so this is not a book I would ever pick out on my own. I wasn’t even going to include it for CBR, but I was one book short. My husband wanted me to read it because he’s all into these leadership/business books right now. I find them to be INCREDIBLY boring.
This book was no exception. It’s pretty short, but felt like it took weeks to read. I was just so bored. It’s basically an allegory about good business and money practices. It’s a fable of sorts about a young boy learning good business ideas from his granddad in 16th century Italy.
If you’re into these type of books, I guess it wouldn’t be that bad. I personally just can’t imagine anything more boring than reading business books, so I’m probably not the best person to review this type of book.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #50: Legend by Marie Lu

Cannonball Read III: Book #50/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 305 (189,754 total pages so far)
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

Legend takes place is a future Los Angeles that is part of the controlling government called the Republic, who is fighting a war against the Colonies (who want freedom). The book starts out going back and forth between two main characters who couldn’t be more different. Day is from a poor family. He now lives on the street and is the most wanted terrorist against the Republic. June is a wealthy girl from the inner city who has strong ties to the military government. After her brother is killed, she goes on a quest to hunt down his killer — who she is believes is Day.

Eventually June and Day’s paths cross and there is the requisite teenage romance, but it’s not overbearing or irritating like in some YA novels. I thought the characters were well written and weren’t one-dimensional. Their backstories were fleshed out and you actually got to know the characters.

However, this wasn’t really my favorite novel. I  struggled to get through it because it was a little slow. The action parts were pretty good, but there seemed to be a lot of filler. I felt like some of the ideas that were brought up (such as the government conspiracy regarding the plagues) were really interesting, but only briefly mentioned. Also, I know it’s nit-picky, but I thought the way June figured out her brother’s code in his journals was a huge long shot. I mean, really? There is NO WAY anyone would ever crack that code, especially by accident.

Overall, I guess I was just expecting more.

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Tara’s CBRIII Review #49: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Cannonball Read III: Book #49/52
Published: 2006
Pages: 352 (189,449 total pages so far)
Genre: Fantasy

I actually read this book back in July, but was going over my list of books for Cannonball Read and realized that I never reviewed this one! This review might be short and/or vague since it’s been six months or so since I actually read it.

The Book of Lost Things is sort an adult fairy tale. I love fantasy books and movies, so I found it to be pretty interesting. Twelve-year-old David is having a hard time with his father remarrying after the death of his mother, so he turns to books. The books whisper to him and eventually lead him to a secret passageway into a fantasy land complete with princes and kings and big bad wolves.

This was definitely more of a dark fairy tale — not really for kids. If you prefer Grimm’s version over the Disney version of fairy tales, you’d probably enjoy this book. Plus, if you were ever that kid who used books as an escape, David will really resonate with you and take you back to a time when books really came alive.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #48: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Cannonball Read III: Book #48/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 352 (189,097 total pages so far)
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

First of all, the cover for this book is terrible. I never would have picked it out if I didn’t read a review without the cover picture in it. It looks like some horrible YA supernatural romance with wolves or something. It takes place in a grungy, dystopian society so I have no idea why she’s wearing this sparkly white ball gown on the book cover.
The book starts with Juliette being locked in some sort of filthy jail. We find out that she was locked away by her parents after they discovered she was a “monster” because her touch can kill people. She’s been in isolation for a couple of years, when suddenly she gets a new cellmate. A BOY cellmate. (possible spoilers ahead…) Turns out, he’s just there to capture and deliver her to this creep in the Reestablishment military who wants to use her as a weapon. She falls in love with the boy who manipulated her (Adam) and they run away until they find a school for freaks just like her (end spoilers). Hm…where have I heard this plot before??

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #47: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler


Cannonball Read III: Book #47/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 356 (18,745 total pages so far)
Genre: Young Adult

It’s 1996 and the Internet is new (remember that??). Do you also remember those AOL cds that everyone had at least 50 of? They made great coasters. Anyways, Emma gets this newfangled Internet thing at her house and pops in her free AOL cd. What does he find? Facebook. Actually, Facebook fifteen years in the future. She shows her neighbor (and former best friend — they had a falling out after he professed his love to her and she didn’t reciprocate the feelings), Josh. Together, they realize that they can find out what their future selves are up to and that they can alter the future by their current actions. Josh doesn’t want things to change because he’s married to the local “hot, rich girl”. Emma, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have such a great future no matter how much she changes it.
This was a pretty fun read. I was eleven in 1996, so I remember most of what they were talking about. Sometimes the mid-90s referenced almost felt a little TOO forced (Really? You’re wearing your Doc Martens with a floral dress? How 90s of you!). It’s like they threw a bunch of stuff in there out of nowhere just to say HEY IT’S 1996, REMEMBER??? But if was fun if you remember those days.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #45: Offspring by Jack Ketchum

Cannonball Read III: Book #45/52
Published: 2006
Pages: 336 (18,005 total pages so far)
Genre: Horror
Offspring is the sequel to Off Seasonwhich I just reviewed. It was published 26 years after the first book and you can tell that Ketchum’s writing has gotten a little more polished since 1980. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same book.

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