I just finished reading Sister: A Novel, by Rosamund Lupton. The book has gotten generally very good reviews, but I found it to be a pretty big disappointment. The book has a very specific literary device that it relies on for its structure, and I found the device to be both confusing and annoying. This could be because I read ebooks on my iPhone, and perhaps the font was too small to pick up on the all-important quotation marks.
The device is this: the story is told in the first person as if it is being spoken or written (it is not made clear which). The main character, Beatrice, is speaking to . . . → Read More: Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton is Crippled by Its Own Artifice
I just started reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor last week, due mainly to the glowing review it received in Entertainment weekly. I have to say, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It has enough teen romance (will they or won’t they/does he like me as much as I like him/has he stopped liking me?) to satisfy the legions of Twilight fans, while at the same time being a much better book.
It is the story of Karou, a young art student in Prague who has been raised by some sort of demon-like creatures called Chimaera (chimera: a hybrid of two or more . . . → Read More: YA/Young Adult Novel “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor: a Review