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genericwhitegirl’s CBR book #31: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

If you’re into Twilight or other angsty teenage supernatural type books, then you’ll probably dig Beautiful Creatures. Now that I’ve mentioned Twilight, some of you die-hard fans (I am not one of them) might want to know which is better…honestly, I’m not sure. I think Twilight fans would still prefer the Twilight books to Beautiful Creatures, but with three books already in the series, Beautiful Creatures may be worth a deeper look.

Okay, now I’m talking to normal people. This book is along the lines of the Twilight series so…possibly an entertaining, brainless read with a cup of annoying and over dramatic mixed in.

Basically, Beautiful Creatures takes place in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, where the civil war is still the biggest news of the day. Ethan Wate, a sophomore in high school, has his friends and basketball team. But then Lena Duchannes comes to town. The niece of the town’s mysterious recluse, Lena’s welcome in Gatlin is anything but. Ethan, however, is strangely drawn to Lena. Haunted by a recurring dream, Lena seems to be the clue to Ethan understanding it. As their friendship develops, Ethan learns more and more about Lena’s family and all of its supernatural secrets.

I think this story focuses more on the relationship between Ethan and Lena (read: a love story) as opposed to really exploring and understanding Lena’s supernatural world. In that sense, I found the book lacking. I love being immersed in new worlds but the perspective is Ethan’s so you feel just as in the dark as he does about all the interesting things Lena is privy to. Of course, things are slowly revealed throughout the book, but I still had a lot of questions and wanted to know more. I suppose that’s the point of a series though, isn’t it? Perhaps I’ll read the second book to discover more. But I’m not sure the first book entranced me enough to go to the trouble.

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effcubed’s CBR3 #49-52

Looky here, I’m done! Hopefully next year I’ll post a little more regularly throughout the year and not in a giant blob at the end.

Wanna see this list with the 108 books I read this year and didn’t review? Google spreadsheet.

#49: A tiny book about people who are very, very wrong.

#50: You’d think as that, as a theatre person, I’d read more plays, but I don’t. Here’s a newly translated Oscar Wilde (yes, translated).

#51: Mysterious disappearances in a tiny Montana town, so haunty!

#52: Who doesn’t love dystopian YA? Here’s one set in a Chicago where Lake Michigan is just a marsh.

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effcubed’s CBR3 #44-48

Yikes, 25 hours left (here in the Central Time Zone), and 4 reviews left! Can I do it? I’ll sure try.

#44: A frightening tale of what could happen if the pro-lifers get their way: what’ really appropriate punishment?

#45: Have Opinions about Comic Sans and Helvetica? You probably should.

#46: Inspired by true events: youth boxing in 1930s Nazi Germany.

#47: I’m running out of books I read recently so I’m digging back a ways for literary fantasy with giant squids and the Apocalypse.

#48: Roald Dahl-esque fairy tale from Italy, newly translated.

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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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Ashley’s CBR III Review #154: New Girl by Paige Harbison

CBR III Review #154: New Girl by Paige Harbison

This title will be released on January 31, 2012.

Callie is the new student at Manderley.  Manderley is a boarding school and Becca is entering it during her senior year.  Her parents took her requests about wanting to go to a school like Hogwarts a little too seriously.  They didn’t seem to notice that she exited her boarding school phase a few years back. Too make matters worse Callie was only accepted into Manderly because the poplar Becca Normandy disappeared without a trace near the end of the last school year.  Now Callie is living in her room, hanging out with her friends, and involved in the same love triangle that Becca was last year.  Slowly the student body, especially Becca’s good friend and old roommate starts to accuse Callie of stealing Becca’s life.


After a few Jessica Warman novels I got really into the boarding school setting, but I was hoping that New Girl was more of a murder mystery.  Or at least a search into the whereabouts of Becca Normanday, but that wasn’t really the case.  The book felt a little rushed and it never felt it had a true cohesive plot line, with the exception of “I’m Callie, I’m the new girl but everyone only cares about Becca.”  I’m sure that is a lot of plot  for some people but it didn’t really work for me.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210428
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces

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effcubed’s CBR3 #35-39

#35:  A hyperactive kid with a penchant for amazing accidents, Joey Pigza.

#36: Beka Cooper, bad-ass police officer in the fantasy kingdom of Tortall on her biggest Hunt of all.

#37 and 38: Two very very different Pride and Prejudice retellings. Post-Civil War Texas or contemporary rock’n’roll fame, take your pick.

#39: Raising chickens. In your backyard. In Minnesota. With pictures. Also, recipes.

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pyrajane’s #37: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay comes home from school and there’s a package waiting for him.  Inside are 13 cassette tapes.  He finds a cassette player, pushes play, and hears Hannah’s voice.  She’s dead.  Killed herself a few weeks ago.

She calmly explains that there are thirteen people who are responsible for her death.  Each person has to listen to the tapes, then pass them along to the next person on the list.  If they don’t?  There’s another set of tapes out there that will be spread around and everyone will know that these thirteen people are the reasons why she did it.

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