I saw the movie version of this book and enjoyed it and I like both of the authors so I picked it up when I saw it on one of my trips to the thrift shop. I’m so happy that I did. The book is easily ten times better than the movie (in my opinion). While the movie focuses on (view spoiler)[ everyone driving around NYC looking for a drunk Caroline (hide spoiler)] the book actually focuses on Nick & Norah’s relationship, music and the adventure they have during one crazy night.
I loved learning more about the two main characters and why they were how they were. They were much more interesting and well developed in the book than in the movie. Norah definitely has trust issues and I really don’t blame her and Nick is coming off of a bad break up, but I feel like they’re a great couple anyway.
I love the descriptions of the music and the concerts in the book . I got so excited reading the scenes where they’re in the crowd watching the band and moshing and found myself smiling and reading faster. It made me miss going to shows. I like that some familiar songs (Green Day ones) are used as well as ones that are made up for the book.
If you like fun adventure stories full of punk music, New York City, love, and youth…read this book.
I got this book from NetGalley (for free in exchange for an honest review) and it was a lot longer than I thought it would be. Sometimes I would read 4 or 5 stories and only get through 3% more of the book. The stories varied in length, but they were all about ghosts. They took place in haunted houses, cemeteries, back roads and other locations in New York, with a few taking place elsewhere. It took me a few months to get through this one.
To me, this one was just ok. The stories were alright, but none of them were particularly memorable and I got bored a few times waiting for something to happen. There wasn’t any blood, guts or scary moments, even in ones that should’ve been scary. I won’t be reading anything else from Curiosity Quills.
This book is one that I found at the thrift shop and I chose it based off of the description and author. I’ve read Howe’s Bunnicula books, but I didn’t know that he wrote young adult books as well. This one might technically be considered “middle grade fiction” since the characters are 12 and in middle school.
The book is written from the perspective of Bobby Goodspeed and it’s about him reflecting on the time in seventh grade when him and his friends (Addie, Joe and Skeezie) ran for student council as the No Name Party. I honestly feel that their platform (name calling hurts) and slogan (“Sticks and stones may break out bones, but names will break our spirit.”) is really good. The book talks about each character and what their home life is like. Our narrator, is an overweight kid working in a tie store to try to help his dad out after his mom passed away from cancer, Addie is an over achiever, Skeezie is sloppy kid with divorced parents and Joe is gay and artsy.
I think the character were well rounded and the story was well written. I like the bit at the end that tells the reader what each character became when they grew up. I would recommend this to middle and high school students.
I won an autographed copy of this book in The Gal in the Blue Mask’s Author Bling giveaway. I loved this book! It was so good that I just couldn’t put it down and I tried twice. I really like the characters and the issues they are dealing with are important.
Polarity is quiet and shy, but she’s a very strong girl. I can’t imagine having to go through something so embarrassing. I liked the progress she made in the book and I love that she stayed true to herself despite everything that was going on. Her relationship with her parents is very well written and her mother’s condition is handled well. I felt really bad for Polarity and I’m very happy that she had her grandma, her grandma’s boyfriend and Ethan on her side. Her relationship with her grandmother was one of my favorite parts of the book. It reminded me of the way things were with my gramma and I got a little choked up reading about it. That doesn’t happen very often.
Polarity’s relationship with Ethan, who should pursue a career as a detective, develops over time instead of the “insta-love” that’s so common in young adult books. It was refreshing. He’s a really good guy and he stands up for the underdog, who ends up being Polarity. I think they made a cute couple.
Besides the main issue of the naked photo, the book tackles issues such as race, bullying, privilege, mental disorders, and adults’ perception of teens. I recommend this one to teens everywhere.
Hi everyone! I am really behind on posting. These are all of the books that I bought on or around my 30th birthday (11-12-16). They are from the thrift shop, Dollar Tree and a Harvest Bazaar that a local church was having. I found a ton of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books! Thanks to the great prices, all of these books only cost me $11.22 total. For 36 books! The books I got are:
- Room 13 by Henry Garfield
- The Scent of Shadows (The First Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
- The Taste of Night (The Second Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
- Sister by Rosamund Lupton
- Blood Memories (Vampire Memories #1) by Barb Hendee
- Hunting Memories (Vampire Memories #2) by Barb Hendee
- Memories of Envy (Vampire Memories #3) by Barb Hendee
- The Graces by Laure Eve
- Trinkets by Kirsten Smith
- Every Which Way But Dead (Rachel Morgan #3) by Kim Harrison
- Cheerleaders: The First Evil by R.L. Stine
- Cheerleaders: The Second Evil by R.L. Stine
- Cheerleaders: The Third Evil by R.L. Stine
- Cheerleaders: The New Evil (Cheerleaders #4) by R.L. Stine
- The Thrill Club by R.L. Stine
- Truth or Dare by R.L. Stine
- The Dead Girlfriend by R.L. Stine
- The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine
- The Girlfriend by R.L. Stine
- Party Summer by R.L. Stine
- Silent Night by R.L. Stine
- The Dead Lifeguard by R.L. Stine (Accidental repurchase. Oops!)
- Betty Crocker’s Easy Meatless Dishes
- Night Terrors edited by Lois Duncan
- Strangest of All by Frank Edwards
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch #15 Harvest Moon by Mel Odom
- Twilight #21 Evil on the Bayou by Richie Tankersly Cusick
- More Ghost Stories
- Railway Ghosts and Highway Horrors by Daniel Cohen
- Pillsbury Fast and Healthy Magazine low-fat Italian!
- Evernight by Claudia Gray
- Tantalize by Cynthia Smith
- Spin Magazine’s Underground USA
- Stories of Ghosts, Witches and Demons edited by Freya Littledale
- The Shadow and Other Strange Tales by Howard Goldsmith
- Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Have you read any of these books? If you have, were they good? I’ve read Tantalize and most of the R.L. Stine ones before, but I wanted them for nostalgia’s sake. Now I just need to find time to read.
If anyone is interested, I also filmed a Youtube video of this haul.
I really enjoyed the Vladimir Tod series and I was pleasantly surprised to find this at Dollar Tree. I liked reading about these characters again and the illustrated version of Vlad is pretty much how I pictured him.
The art is nice and the story is the same as the paperback book, with some stuff thrown in like “That’s right. So and so did this.” Those moments seemed out of place and kind of cheesy, but I’ve seen comic books use that method of storytelling too.
Overall, it was a nice read.
How to Wash a Cat is a mystery about an accountant named Rebecca who inherits her uncle’s antique shop, The Green Vase, after he dies suddenly. She moves in with her two cats, Isabella and Rupert, and meets the other shop owners and residents of the neighborhood before getting swept up in a mystery surrounding a man from the gold rush.
The book was ok, but the author uses a lot of adjectives and adverbs. A lot. There were so many in the beginning of the book that I got annoyed and put it down. I wanted to quit reading it two other times but I hate to quit on book. By the end of the book, I barely cared about the twists and surprises. I won’t be reading the next one in the series.